Legacy Day

 Legacy Day
August 10 & 17, 2019

Legacy Day celebrates the rich cultural heritage of African Americans in Kent County. It is an opportunity for all residents to recognize their shared history and have a good time. This year’s theme is Historic African American Churches of Kent County.

Enjoy live music by local favorite, Jasper Hackett with Quiet Fire; favorite food, drink and craft vendors; a special exhibit at the Bordley History Center; a genealogy workshop; a Gospel Concert featuring Rev. Dr. Anthony Brown; a parade; a dance contest and dancing in the street with DJ Lonnie Butcher.

Legacy Day is offered free of charge to the community – thanks to the generous support of individuals, organizations and businesses.

Legacy Day Sponsors

R&B

Garfield Center for the Arts
Historical Society of Kent County
People’s Bank
Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience

Jazz

Andover Media
Atlantic Broadband
Chestertown Arts & Entertainment District
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Elizabeth Gross
Kent County Arts Council
Arlene Frances Lee
Main Street Chestertown
Riverside Unique

Blues

Bethel A.M.E. Church
Anne Keer Charles
Chesapeake Bank & Trust
Cross Street Realtors
Doug Ashley Realtors
Economic Development Office, Kent County Government
Fredy Granillo
Gunston School
Joan and Thomas Groce, Jr.
Richard W. Hall
Heron Point
Hope Fellowship
Lorna J. and T. Abraham Hunter
Kent School
LaMotte Company
Occasions Catering
Price Rentals & Events
Margaret B. Rasin
Shore Studios
Linda & Neil Stoddard
Lainie & Ralph Surette
Tidewater Trader
Tourism Office, Kent County Government

Hip Hop

A-Plus Sanitation
Bennie Smith Funeral Home
Blue Bird Tavern
David Bowering & Barbara Jorgenson
David A. Bramble, Inc.
Anne Bricker
Rev. Robert Brown
Steve Clemons & Andrew Oros
Deep Landing Workshop
Dependable Pest Management
Dixon Valve & Coupling Company
Dukes-Moore Insurance Agency
Linda & Philip Dutton
Margie & Mickey Elsberg
Barbara & David Foster
Joanne & William Ghio
Gillespie & Son
Jon Hanley
Harbor Shack
KidSPOT at RiverArts
Mary Anne & Bill Leary
Stephen Z. Meehan
Vic & Patricia Pfeiffer
Rita & Dan Premo
Gale Rasin
Rasin, Wooton & Hurd
Sandra Ryon
Cynthia Saunders
Lolli Sherry & Craig Damon
Shore United Bank
Shrewsbury Church
Nancy & Richard Swanson
Charles H. Taylor III & James F. Bogden
Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River
Visiting Veterinarian
WCTR
Wye River Upper School

Ragtime

Sheila Austrian
Margie R. Baker
Big Mixx’s New Beginnings
Alta Campbell
Peggy & John Christie
Evergrain Bread Company
Finishing Touch
Mary Grinnell
Jeffrey Grode & Bettyjo Walters
H&R Block / Chestertown
Joan Horsey
Beryl Kemp
Sherise Kennard
Alisha Knight
Glenn W. Michael
Vida I. Morley
Ann & John Murray
Pip’s Liquors
Linda Reed
Robert Ortiz Studios
Peggy & Larry Samuels
Ruth & Simeon Shoge
ShoreToBeFun.com
Mary Simmons
Elizabeth Spence
Todd’s Body Shop
Twigs and Teacups

Bebop

Phyllis & Roger Brown
Barbara & Frank Creegan
Alice & David Dunham
Jerome Hutchins
Mary & Charles Hutchins
Alice B. Jones
Liminal Solutions
Elizabeth Kerr
Billie-Lynn & David H. Roberts
Melinda D. Robinson
Caren Samuels
Cheryl & James Saunders

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 2nd

5:00 pm – 7:00pm – Amazing Grace – Historic Churches of Kent County by Bill Leary Followed by a Reception

Bordley History Center
301 High Street, Chestertown

Saturday, August 10th

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Old Time Gospel Sing & Reception

Bethel A.M.E. Church
237 N. College Avenue, Chestertown

Friday, August 16th

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Reception for Legacy Day Honorees

Bordley History Center
301 High Street, Chestertown

Saturday, August 17th

10:00 am – 12:30 – Genealogy Workshop by Vivian Fisher, Enoch Pratt Free Library followed by Lunch

Chestertown Public Library
408 High Street, Chestertown

10:00 am – 8:00 pm – Special Legacy Day Exhibition by Local Black Artists

ArtsAlive! RiverArts Community Education Center
200 High Street, Suite A, Chestertown

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Stories and Snacks for the Young & Young at Heart

Sumner Hall
206 South Queen Street, Chestertown

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Meet Harriet Tubman and Stay for Songs and Surprises

Sumner Hall
206 South Queen Street, Chestertown

2:00 pm – 3:30 – The History of Gospel, a Concert featuring recording artist, Dr. Anthony Brown

Bethel A.M.E. Church
237 N. College Avenue, Chestertown

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Children’s Beading Craft Activity

KidSpot at Chestertown RiverArts
315 High Street, Suite 108, Chestertown

3:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Food, Craft and Information Vendors

Fountain Park, between High Street and Spring Avenue, Chestertown

5:00 pm – Parade with MC Yvette Hynson
(Lady Praise)

Down High Street, Chestertown

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Block Party, Dance Contest and Dancing in the Street with Quiet Fire & DJ Lonnie Butcher

High Street, between Cross Street and Spring Avenue, Chestertown

Interested in the vendors who will be around Fountain Park throughout the day? Click here to view the full list!

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Become a Legacy Day Sponsor

Show your appreciation of community by becoming a sponsor! Note that Sumner Hall is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation; your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Sponsorship Levels

Photo by Jared Reeves of Andover Media

R & B – $1000+
Jazz – $500
Blues – $250
Hip Hop – $100
Ragtime – $50
Bebop – $25

Sponsors whose contributions were received at Sumner Hall by August 1st are recognized on two large banners hanging on the outside of Sumner Hall and the Bordley History Center. They are also be listed on the 1000 promotional fans  distributed to the crowd on Saturday.  Each Legacy Day sponsor receives a complimentary annual Sumner Hall membership and is listed on our Honor Wall at Sumner Hall and on our Website.

Payment may be made by check or online on our Donate Page. Please make checks payable to “Sumner Hall” and write “Legacy Day” in the memo line.

Sumner Hall
206 South Queen Street
Chestertown, Maryland 21620

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Legacy Day is produced by Sumner Hall
with the Historical Society of 
Kent County.

Legacy Day Committee: Airlee Johnson, Chairperson. Members: Jamie Barrett, Sally Borghardt, Wanda Boyer, Dianne Carroll, Carolyn Collins, Mary Fisher, Peter Heck, Yvette Hynson, Jane Jewell, Barbara in den Bosch, Nivek Johnson, Bill Leary, Joyce B. Moody, Milford Murray, Carol Niemand, Patrick Nugent, Leslie Prince Raimond, Linda Reed, Caren Samuels, Larry Samuels, Jeanette Sherbondy, George Shivers, and Lainie Surrette.