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.