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Blacks of the Chesapeake: Preserving a Legacy

July 16, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Sunday, July 16, 3-5 PM

Join a highly anticipated discussion with Vince Leggett about his most recent projects, including the preservation of historic Maryland beaches and recreation areas to include Columbia Beach, Elktonia-Carrs, and Sparrow’s beaches. For the last 15 years, Leggett has worked tirelessly to conserve Elktonia Beach, a 5-acre waterfront parcel on the Chesapeake Bay and the last remnant of the original 180-acre property purchased by Fred Carr in 1902.

Vince Leggett is the founder and president of Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation which documents, promotes, and educates on the significant contributions of African Americans to the Bay’s maritime industries and culture. The Library of Congress designated the Blacks of the Chesapeake as a Local Legacy Project in 2000. The centerpiece of that submission was Leggett’s two publications, Blacks of the Chesapeake: An Integral Part of Maritime History (1998) and The Chesapeake Bay Through Ebony Eyes (1999). Leggett’s seminal research project, Chesapeake Underground: Charting a Course Toward Freedom (2000), examines how extensively the Bay and its tributaries were utilized to help deliver Africans to freedom.

This event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free, but registration is preferred. More details and registration at:


July 16, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Captain Avery Museum
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Captain Avery Museum
1418 East West Shady Side Road
Shady Side, 20764
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