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Legacy Day 2020 Goes Virtual!

August 15, 2020

Legacy Day 2020 Goes Virtual!

August 15 was the date selected for Legacy Day 2020 when we had planned to honor Kent County’s Outstanding African American Athletes of the 20th Century with a special exhibition, parade, a genealogy workshop, Gospel concert, food and craft vendors and dancing in the street. However, essential social distancing requirements imposed by the coronavirus pandemic have caused the Legacy Day Committee to make the painful decision to postpone these festivities until August 2021 and make Legacy Day 2020 a virtual experience.

We are adapting to this new reality by preparing several programs that will be available on Sumner Hall’s Website, Facebook and YouTube in August. We invite everyone to enjoy our planned Virtual Legacy Day 2020 Festivities, including:

  • a genealogy presentation via Zoom, by staff members of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, focused on conducting genealogical research on African American ancestors;
  • a video previewing next year’s salute to our outstanding African American Athletes;
  • a community conversation hosted on Zoom by the Kohl Gallery of Washington College on Legacies of Education and the Black Experience in Kent County and at Washington College; and
  • a live streaming special featuring DJ Real so we can party and dance to soulful music while observing physical distance in this COVID-19 Era.

We want to offer a special vote of appreciation to our sponsors! They will be listed on Sumner Hall’s Website between now and Legacy Day 2021 and on outside banners next year.

Legacy Day started seven years ago as a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of African Americans in Kent County. It has become an established community-wide party in mid-August where a thousand or more people gather in downtown Chestertown to recognize their shared history and have a good time doing it. The primary attraction has always been great live music and dancing on High Street. Attendees also enjoy food, drink, and craft vendors; a parade; and a special exhibition at the Bordley History Center. Over the years Legacy Day has expanded to include a genealogy workshop, a gospel concert, a reception for honorees, an exhibit of African American artists, and a variety of children’s activities.

In years past we have honored the Uptown Club and its owner Charlie Graves, local African American musicians, African American entrepreneurs, African American educators who taught in segregated schools, and the students who integrated the county’s school system. Last year we honored 24 African American churches founded in Kent County at least 125 years ago.

Please tune in this year for our virtual Legacy Day 2020. Do check our website for updates. We look forward to welcoming everyone in person next year!


August 15, 2020
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Sumner Hall
206 South Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
443 282 0023
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