Legacy Day

Legacy Day Tee Shirts Available for a Limited Time

We have until May 10th to sell 50 of our tee shirts and meet our campaign goal. By purchasing a Legacy Day tee shirt, you’re helping to make this year’s event the best one yet! Feel free to share this campaign with friends and family who think that celebrating African American culture as a community is important.

2018 Schedule

Friday, August 17th
7:00 pm – Honoree Reception @ Sumner Hall
Saturday, August 18th
10:00am – Genealogy Workshop @ Chestertown Public Library
2:00pm – Gospel Concert @ Jane’s United Methodist Church
5:00pm – Parade down High Street
6:00pm – Block Party on High Street

We will be adding details to this page over time. Please check back frequently for updates. In the meantime, you can use the form below to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.

Sumner Hall is proud to sponsor the Fifth Annual Legacy Day festivities in Chestertown, Maryland, on August 18, 2018. Legacy Day started five years ago as an effort to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of African Americans in Kent County. We also wanted to encourage all residents of Kent County to recognize their shared history, and to have a good time doing it. The inaugural Legacy Day in 2014 was a huge success. Nearly 1500 people were dancing in Chestertown’s High Street to celebrate Charlie Graves and the Uptown Club, a place where many legendary soul artists performed. In 2015 we celebrated local rhythm and blues artists and local beer gardens. Our 2016 theme honored African-American businesses of the recent and more distant past.

Last year Legacy Day saluted African American educators who taught or served as a principal in one of Kent County’s segregated schools. For 2018, we will carry that theme forward by featuring stories of how black and white students and teachers dealt with the early years of integration in Kent County schools. In addition to great music, food and drink, Legacy Day 2018 will include a parade and a seminar on genealogy.

Soulfied Village, Photo by Gary Lewis

*Live Music by Soulfied Village & DJ Lonnie Butcher*
*Local Food & Drink Vendors*
*Bring a lawn chair for when you need a break from dancing.*

Support Legacy Day!

This annual event would not be possible without the generous support of our community! This year we have six levels of sponsorship:
R & B ~ $1,000+
Jazz ~ $500
Blues ~ $250
Hip Hop ~ $100
Ragtime ~ $50
Bebop ~ $25
Help us at the level that you’re able and see your name in lights (well, in our promotional material anyway). Make your check payable to Sumner Hall and mail it to 206 S. Queen Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. Be sure to write “Legacy Day” in the memo line. Thank you for helping us to make the 5th Annual Legacy Day Celebration the best one yet!!


Please check any that apply and a Legacy Day Team Member will get back to you shortly.