Women's history celebration to honor 4 from Anne Arundel

February 27, 2000

To mark Women's History Month, County Executive Janet S. Owens will play host to a celebration March 9 honoring four women who played a role in Anne Arundel's history.

The women to be honored are:

Dr. Faye Watson Allen, who became the first black female physician in the Annapolis area in 1951 when she joined the medical practice of her husband, the late Aris T. Allen. She worked as a family physician for 32 years, and worked part-time for the county health department, where she championed health care for minorities and helped develop a free cancer-detection program.

Esther H. Carpenter, director of the former Anne Arundel County Department of Public Welfare from 1946 to 1966 and a leader of many agency reforms. She was a founder of the county's Council of Community Services, and for years she was a YWCA volunteer.

Sarah E. Carter, elected in 1974 as the first black member of the County Council. A resident of the Cedar Hill community in Brooklyn Park, she served on several local boards and commissions. She died in 1998 at age 77.

Anne Catherine Hoof Green, who took over her husband's printing business in 1767 and published the Maryland Gazette, one of the earliest Colonial newspapers, until her death in 1775.

The celebration will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Arundel Center. The reservation deadline for the women's history salute is March 6.

Information: 410-222-1795.

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