Annapolis Maritime Museum / 723 Second St / Annapolis, MD 21403
Contacts: Jeff Holland / 410 295-0104 / email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Feb. 25, 2008
Carr’s Beach Legacy topic of Museum’s Maritime Seminar on March 27
Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Winter Seminar Series will feature Vincent O. Leggett speaking on the legacy of Carr’s Beach at the Museum’s Barge House at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27.
Carr’s Beach was the premier African-American waterfront resort located on what is now the gated community of Chesapeake Harbour. In a time of segregation, Carr’s Beach was a haven for Black families from throughout the region who flocked there to enjoy the Bay, the fishing, the attractions, but most of all, the music by such greats as Ray Charles, James Brown, Lionel Hampton, the Shirelles and Little Richard. Vince Leggett, founder of Blacks on the Chesapeake Foundation, shares this legacy through photographs and film.
Mr. Leggett founded the Blacks of the Chesapeake project in 1984, intending to preserve the legacy of bay watermen and tell their story to a greater audience of citizens and stewards. In 2002, Governor Parris Glendening appointed and commissioned Mr. Leggett an honorary Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay, for “bringing to light the achievements of the African American community in maritime history.” This award is the highest honor that the state of Maryland can bestow upon a private individual in the environmental field. In 2005, Mr. Leggett received a nomination to the Annapolis Maritime Hall of Fame.
Mr. Leggett's concern for the bay is at the center of his professional work and his community service. He serves on the boards of historical, cultural, and environmental education organizations throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and is employed as Special Projects Coordinator in the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays Division at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Enrollment fees for Museum members are $12 per seminar. For non-members, fees are $15 per seminar. To enroll, call the Museum at 410-295-0104. The Barge House is located at 723 Second Street in the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis, MD 21403.
April 3 - Chesapeake Sailing Craft
By William Fox
Author and Naval Architect William Fox presents a rare photographic record of sailing craft from log canoes to four-masted schooners, showing the vessels in all phases of their activities on the Bay, including loading and unloading cargoes; under sail and in port; in shipyards; details of rigging, fittings, and decks; interior views; as powerboats; and abandoned hulks. The photographs were taken between 1925 and 1975 by Robert Burgess, curator of the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, and published by Cornell Maritime Press in 1975. The recently re-released edition, edited by William Fox, brings alive the author's photographs and recollections for a new generation of readers.