Chesapeake Heartland is a new collaboration between the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington College, and a diverse array of local organizations, including Sumner Hall, Kent Cultural Alliance, and Kent County Public Library. The mission of the project is to preserve the past by making materials related to African American history and culture in Kent County, MD and beyond accessible digitally to the public for interpretation and educational use.
Our project at Sumner Hall is to add to the online archive to allow present and future generations to show their appreciation to veterans in Kent County through Oral History Interviews, photographs and documents. With the materials and interviews being shared with us it gives veterans and their family members a chance to include their history in the larger narrative of African American history within Kent County and nationwide to inspire and educate younger generations.
The information and material shared will be displayed on the Chesapeake Heartland’s digital archive for public use.
Explore the digital archive: https://archive.chesapeakeheartland.org/