Prominent black families chronicled in new book


August 02, 1999|By Jeff Holland | Jeff Holland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ANNE ARUNDEL County's connections to prominent African-American families and individuals have been chronicled in a new book.

"Homelands and Waterways, the American Journey of the Bond Family, 1846-1926," by Adele Logan Alexander, celebrates the Bond family, who had a home in Highland Beach in the 1920s.

Much of the book deals with people from Anne Arundel County, particularly Highland Beach and Venice Beach. The house that the Bonds built in the early 1920s still stands.

Highland Beach was founded in the 1890s by Frederick Douglass' son, Charles, who wanted a resort similar to Bay Ridge for African-Americans. He and his wife, Laura, bought 40 acres nearby and founded the only incorporated town, other than Annapolis, in the county.

They built the home for Frederick Douglass, though the great abolitionist died in 1895, before it was completed. There's a small turret that offers a view across the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore, where Douglass was born a slave. The cottage, called Twin Oaks, is now a museum and cultural center.

Alexander is a professor of history at George Washington University. She's written book reviews for several publications and is the author of "Ambiguous Lies, Free Women of Color in Rural Georgia, 1786-1879."

She was educated at Radcliffe College and Howard University. Her husband, Clifford L. Alexander Jr., was secretary of the Army from 1977 to 1981.

Award nominations accepted

Historic Annapolis Foundation is looking for nominations for its 1999 Annual Awards Program for outstanding efforts in preservation.

Preservation projects on historic properties in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County that have been completed in the past three years are eligible for consideration in four categories.

Preservation Awards recognize superlative restoration work or rehabilitation of a historic property. Stewardship Awards will be given to owners of historic properties that have been well maintained.

Individuals or organizations that have exhibited exceptional commitment to the foundation will be honored with Volunteer Awards. Community Awards will be given for outstanding service in the field of historic preservation.

The awards will be presented at the foundation's annual meeting on Sept. 23 at the William Paca House in Annapolis. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 15.

Nomination forms are available at the Historic Annapolis Foundation office at the Shiplap House, 18 Pinkney St.

Information: 410-267-7619, Ext. 16.

Pub Date: 8/02/99

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