African American School House Museum at Worton Point

Although a series of thunderstorms brought heavy rain to Kent County this Saturday morning, the downpours didn’t stop a great day from taking place at the African American Schoolhouse Museum at Worton Point, MD. The activities included a fish fry, live music recording, story gathering, and an open house. By afternoon the sky cleared and the sun came out so members of the group restoring this old school raised the American flag over the “Worton Point Colored School No 2.” It is the first time in 50 years that the stars and stripes have flown in the schoolyard of this place that is full of precious memories to so many people.

Built in 1890, this one room schoolhouse served African-American students in grades 1 through 6 in this corner of Kent County. In 1958, Barbara A. Jones, the last teacher to work here, dismissed the pupils for the last time. The African American Schoolhouse Museum and Heritage Foundation is restoring this museum and creating exhibits of photographs, artifacts and oral histories of the lives and contributions of black families of early Kent County, Maryland. It was a wonderful to see the enthusiasm for this worthwhile project, which the rain wasn’t able to dampen one bit.DSC_6140

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6 Responses to African American School House Museum at Worton Point

  1. This was some thing read this! It seems some where along the way the real history of some of Chestertown got lost along the way. Some times it’ sad to think what we learned as children growing up in C – Town and then reading and learning more once we got out here in the real world was a big differents. Sorry to say but Blacks were just wrote out of history and now of course with the net and all you can find many things,but well we’ll leave it at that!
    Thing we didn’t learn!
    1. Under Arms: The Forgotten Black Regiments of World War IThe 372nd was one of four all black U.S. Army units.
    2.The World War II Black Regiment That Built the Alaska Military
    3. Black Inventors Black inventors the biographes – inventions and photos of inventors from George Edward Alcorn to Granvile Woods.
    4. Black Cow Boys
    http://www.coax.net/people/lwf/bkcowboy.htm
    5. The History Of Black Doctors
    http://www.allaboutblackhealth.com/historyofblackphysicians.htm
    6. History Of The Black Panthers
    http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/45a/index-be.html

    Even now you never read much on young men that go to school and graduate and become great people. even living here in Europe they tv still shows old slave movies and cartoons like 5Uncle Tom’s Cabin ) any black man you see mostly on tv is a Ball Player, Rapper or Drug Dealer. yet to see any thing on middle class black america. and so on!

    Education of Blacks in America: Do Facts Matter? Part II
    by Thomas Sowell ( Go to this web site to read this article )
    The history of the education of blacks
    http://capmag.com/article.asp?id=1189
    in America has become politicized to the point where it is barely recognizable as history, rather than as an arsenal of horror stories to be used in the political wars of today. Many of these horror stories are true, even if increasingly dated, but there is an almost complete disregard of other important aspects of the history of black education that are also true.

    During the era of slavery, it was illegal to teach slaves to read and write, throughout the Western Hemisphere. In parts of the antebellum South, it was also illegal for free blacks to be educated, and there was no provision for them to be educated in much of the North. Yet the census of 1850 showed that more than half of the 500,000 free blacks were able to read and write.
    But for anyone who is serious about wanting to see black youngsters get a better education, the story of what works and what doesn’t work is more important than what is fashionable and not fashionable in the education establishment, or what is or is not considered politically correct among the intelligentsia, politicians, the education establishment or the media.

    The real question is: How many people are serious about improving the education of black youngsters, as distinguished from advancing the many other agendas that stand in the way of that improvement?
    One Love!
    Fat Cat Hackett

  2. Mike says:

    Fat Cat Hackett:

    Thanks for stopping by Window on Delmarva’s Post. It is interesting how much was left out of the history books and how much wasn’t taught, isn’t it.

  3. Like many articles of Black history, they have been lost or left out of the history books on purpose.

  4. Mike says:

    Thanks Dolores.

  5. Maxine Timazee says:

    Is the school open for tours of any type? Would love to see it.

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