Second anniversary


Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum

August 17, 2008|By SLOANE BROWN

A sellout crowd filled the Founders Room of the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum to celebrate a second birthday. But the center of attention wasn't a toddler, but the museum itself, which marked its second anniversary. That didn't stop museum advisory board president Dr. Patricia Schmoke from admitting she felt a bit like a proud mom.

"We've been talking about this for a long time," she said. "To see it go from something on paper to models to actually seeing a real structure that is functioning and growing, it's just so exciting."

Schmoke shared her "proud parent" status with a few others, such as museum director Dianne Swann-Wright; James Piper Bond and Parker Rockefeller, president/CEO and senior vice president of Living Classrooms Foundation, of which the museum is an affiliate; and several honorees, including longtime supporters Dr. Sheldon Bearman and his wife, Arlene.

This is "a great example of what can be done with good effort and good sincerity," said Sheldon Bearman.

Former Baltimore Colt Lenny Moore was more than happy to tell fellow guests that he was there for honoree Charles L. Blockson, a boyhood friend. Blockson, known for his extensive collection of African-American-focused books and historical documents, had donated several items to Douglass-Myers.

I feel "at home, because this is a spiritual place. You can feel the spirit of Frederick Douglass, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper - all those people who came along the Eastern Shore on the Underground Railroad," he said.


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