Renewed Stanton Center sets reopening celebration

$3 million spent to renovate building

June 16, 2000|By Amy Oakes | Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

City officials and community leaders yesterday announced details of a grand opening celebration for the Stanton Center - more than two years after it was closed for major renovations.

The festivities are scheduled to begin June 24 with a breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the center, 92 W. Washington St. in Annapolis.

The grand opening begins with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. July 7. The grand opening runs through July 9.

Tours of the center will be given during the grand opening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be ceremonies honoring past teachers and students.

For many in the community, the center is a symbol of African-American history in Anne Arundel County. Built nearly 100 years ago as an elementary school for African-American children, it later became the only high school for blacks in Anne Arundel County. The school closed in 1964 and was reopened later as a community center. Over time, the building deteriorated, and the city closed it in 1998 to undertake $3 million in renovations.

"The Stanton Center is really a centerpiece for the community," said Bertina Nick, chairwoman of the celebrations committee.

At noon July 8, a parade is planned from Adams Park to the center. Also that day, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., children's workshops, refreshments and entertainment will be offered. From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., local bands will play. From 9 p.m. to midnight, there will be a jazz performance in the gym.

On July 9, gospel music and light refreshments are planned from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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