In April and May, 2017, Sumner Hall hosted the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked. We also developed a companion piece, The Way African Americans Worked in Kent County, Maryland. Although Smithsonian’s exhibition has moved on to another location, we are pleased that our locally produced works are still installed at Sumner Hall.
- Free and Enslaved highlights the contributions of African Americans in antebellum Kent County. It introduces visitors to a series of interesting historical figures who lived and worked in our community.
- Soldiers and Founders of G. A. R. Charles Sumner Post #25 pays tribute to the 471 African American soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil War and the contribution of the 28 returning veterans and their families who founded this post. The names of the founders are emblazoned along the upper perimeter of the walls on the ground floor of the hall and a directory of known information about those who served.
- Oral Histories: Reflections on Living and Working in Kent County Maryland features interviews with more than 50 local citizens who relate their own work histories and share lessons learned from their life experiences. Visitors can listen to the interviews and view videos clips as well as view Chopin’ at the Shop, a multi-media production by local musician, Marlon Saunders, for the Way We Worked community celebration.
- Working at Vita Foods relates the working and social experiences of many local citizens who were employed at this manufacturing plant. This exhibit was developed by RiverArts and first displayed in its gallery in May 2017.