East New Market Exhibit Opens to the public at DCHS

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Part of the East New Market collection now on display at the DCHS, courtesy of Neil Frampton

CAMBRIDGE — Recently, an exhibit opened at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester that attempts to give an overview of the history of East New Market, MD. The opening night of this exhibit entertained standing room only in the campus’ Meredith House, circa 1760. The pie and cobblers were scrumptious.

Guest speaker and historian Neil Frampton was able to share with the crowd the decades-long project that has been his focus. He has painstakingly pulled together information about the important dates, people, places, businesses, churches and education about his beloved hometown. This body of work has proven invaluable to researchers of all kinds. He shared a sample of this work with the guests, as a take-home packet.

Dorchester County Historical Society Director Ann Phillips spoke about how this exhibit was really born of another project that she had been asked to assist with, early in 2014. Mary Dennard Turner had approached Ms. Phillips, wanting to highlight an African American slave turned freewoman, Sarah Young, as part of East New Market’s Heritage Day. Due to the amount of history unearthed and revisited, as a result of making the short film, The Life and Grace of Sarah Young, it seemed only appropriate to share that research.

Ms. Phillips shared that DCHS had received a lot of research support from the community, save one particular piece. Despite her best efforts to engage, she was unable to retrieve any African American artifacts — actual historic items, documents and very few photographs — from this important part of the community. She encouraged those attending to assist in her quest to “borrow, copy or be gifted” items that may better tell that part of East New Market life.

Terry Crannell, the Native American curator for DCHS has loaned the exhibit, from his private collection, Native American artifacts that he has found through the years. They show the resourcefulness of these people in a very real way. DCHS’ own collection contains a deed from 1726, when Queen Betty Caco of the Abacco Indians was selling a piece of land to a Newton, near East New Market. The deed bears the marks of not only the Queen, but others in her tribe.

After a short introduction, The Life and Grace of Sarah Young was shown. This powerful story depicts what power positive choices can make, generations later. The East New Market Heritage Committee can be contacted for those interested in viewing or purchasing.

The Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester are located at 1003 Greenway Drive and are open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For information call 410-228-7953 or e-mail dchs@verizon.net.

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