Spectrum: A September to remember

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper
Millicent Sparks as Harriet Tubman

Dorchester Center for the Arts is proud to be a part of the inaugural “Day of Resilience – Return, Reconcile, Reunite and Rejoice” on Sept. 7, commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in America. This event will feature the dedication of the Harriet Tubman mural “Take My Hand,” as well as the Constituency for Africa (CFA)’s Harriet Tubman Town Hall meeting on Africa.

Schedule of Events
Noon: Drum call, pouring of libations, dance and spoken word at the Dorchester County Courthouse
12:25p.m.: A processional, “The Healing Journey,” from the Courthouse to the Harriet Tubman Mural

1 p.m.: Harriet Tubman Mural dedication featuring drumming, guest speakers, and Ribbon Cutting with the artist Michael Rosato, Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, Maryland State Arts Council and special guests

1:45 p.m.: Luncheon for visiting dignitaries at The Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center with local restaurants, vendors and food trucks serving the general public
After the Ribbon Cutting, there will be several afternoon events happening simultaneously.

2 p.m.: 7th Annual Remembrance Ceremony at the Cambridge Marina. Souls at Sea is an on-water libation and remembrance ceremony commemorating the lives lost in the waters along the Middle Passage.

2:30 p.m.: Constituency for Africa (CFA)’s Harriet Tubman Town Hall Meeting on Africa at Waugh United Methodist Church, 425 High St. Keynote Speaker Dr. Julius Garvey, with Dr. Djibril Diallo, president of the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN), as moderator. A panel will feature three ambassadors from Africa:
Ambassador Mahamadou Nimaga, Embassy of the Republic of Mali
Ambassador Monica N. Nashandi, Embassy of the Republic of Namibia Ambassador Frederic Edem Hegbe, Embassy of the Republic of Togo

3 p.m.: The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center will provide a ranger-led introduction tour to the park. The Visitor Center is open until 5 p.m.

5:30 p.m.: Rejoice at The Gathering at Cannery Way to reflect on the day and continue the celebration of Harriet Tubman. Vendors, music and food will be available.

Shuttle Services will be available.
This event is a coordinated effort with Alpha Genesis Community Development Corp., The Dorchester Center for the Arts, The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, The Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center, Waugh United Methodist Church, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce with support from the City of Cambridge.

Dorchester County 350th
Anniversary Commemoration
On Sept. 22, another anniversary will be commemorated during the 43rd annual Showcase event — Dorchester County will celebrate its 350th Anniversary!

This tribute will feature a “heritage village” with displays, historians, and reenactments highlighting Dorchester heritage and history, and the opening of a 50-year-old time capsule sealed in 1969. Exhibitors will include the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians, Dorchester County Historical Society, Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab, Bucktown Village Store, Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester and many others. Scheduled interpreters and re-enactors include Daniel Firehawk Abbot, Millicent Sparks as Harriet Tubman, Mary Handley as Annie Oakley and Mark Durben with an exhibit on the War of 1812.

Showcase is held rain or shine from noon – 5 p.m. and is generously supported by the Nathan Foundation. For more information on activities at Dorchester Center for the Arts stop by 321 High St., call 410-228-7782 or visit online at www.dorchesterarts.org. Find us on Facebook! Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Barbara J. Seese, executive director.

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