New Michael Rosato mural dedicated on Sunburst Highway


A new Michael Rosato mural was dedicated on Friday, on the lawn at Maryland Avenue and Sunburst Highway. The mural celebrates African-American heritage in Dorchester County, and contains some of Dorchester’s famous citizens as well as images of hard-working “ordinary” people.

Harriet Tubman claims front and center in the image, and surrounding her are Gloria Richardson Dandridge, a key figure in the civil rights movement in Cambridge in the 1960s, and small business owners and everyday people whose contributions may not be as well known but resonate to this day—a bricklayer, a barber, a baker, a farmer, a high school athlete, and more. Other figures in the mural represent a Tuskegee airman; Dr. J. Edwin Fassett; Nurse Maxine Magee, one of the first African-American public health nurses in the country; and Ella Fitzgerald, one of many popular African-American musicians who performed on Pine Street.

The mural was funded through a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and the Federal Highway Administration, and is one of a series of murals throughout Dorchester County that are part of the Chesapeake Country Mural Trail.

At the dedication are artists Michael Rosato, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, County Council President Ricky Travers, Greg Meekins, Amanda Fenstermaker, and Dion Banks.

Paul Clipper is the editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at pclipper@newszap.com.

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