Prince George’s County Historical Society “History Chat”
Join the Prince George’s County Historical Society for its first monthly History Chat. The Society will be hosting a chat on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 PM. Below are instructions on how to participate via Zoom.
Our first chat will be with Maya Davis discussing exhibitions, monuments, and memorials and the stories of African American’s from the 19th and 20th century to the forefront. Several of the topics we will chat about are:
· Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission
· Harriet Tubman National Park and Visitor Center (also the byway)
· Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass Statues at the State House
· National Park Service Network to Freedom
Maya Davis is the Legislative Liaison and Research Archivist at the Maryland State Archives where she consults on statewide projects that document, interpret, and preserve African American History and Culture. Maya currently serves as a commissioner of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. Previously she served as the Interim Director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, staff at the City Museum of Washington, DC, and Vice Chair of the Annapolis 1864 Commission to Commemorate the Emancipation of Slavery in Maryland.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Feb 22, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting: There is no charge.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Join the Society the following evening for a lecture on Portia Washington.
Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. – Maryland Milestones presents “PORTIA – The life and career of Booker T. Washington’s daughter.” Historian Susan Pearl will review the fascinating life of Portia Washington – her youth at her father’s Tuskegee Institute, her education in the United States and Europe, her career as a concert pianist and teacher, her marriage and family, and her brief residence in Prince George’s County. This illustrated virtual lecture will be co-sponsored by the Prince George’s County Historical Society.
About the Presenter:
Susan Pearl worked as Historian/Planner for the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (Prince George’s County) for 30 years, and now serves as Historian for the Prince George’s County Historical Society. She is the author of more than ten publications on historic buildings and communities in the County, and her work included the beginning of the County’s Black History Program. She discovered Portia Washington Pittman in the early 1990s while researching and writing the history of Fairmount Heights, an early Black community in Prince George’s County where Portia and her husband, architect Sidney Pittman, lived; Ms. Pearl has continued research into Portia Washington’s life and musical career.
Register at the link below, and you will receive the link to the “Go To Webinar” event at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2021. There is no charge.
We hope you can join us!
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