Frederick Douglass-isaac Myers Maritime Park And Museum

August 02, 2009|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to The Baltimore Sun

The sight of sailboats skimming the waters of the Inner Harbor through the picture windows of the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum provided the perfect backdrop for the museum's Third Anniversary Dinner - and served as a reminder that one of the museum's namesakes, Isaac Myers, started the first African-American-owned shipyard in the United States.

The anniversary wasn't the only thing to celebrate at the museum, a Living Classrooms Foundation affiliate. Living Classrooms President/CEO James Piper Bond explained that the evening would be full of tributes. Partygoers were also honoring several museum contributors, christening the museum's pier and inducting 15 young people into the museum's Future Leaders program.

"These are students who have shown outstanding leadership, scholarship and citizenship," explained board chairwoman Dr. Patricia Schmoke, as she chatted with board member Donna Hollie and writing consultant Beulah Brown.

Meanwhile, Pinder Group CEO Sharon Pinder said that she had come out to support the museum and also to support her best friend, Ovetta Moore, the managing director of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, who was being honored.

"It's a double-whammy," said Pinder, with a laugh.

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