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“I caught the spirit of the Chesapeake.” —Vincent Leggett 

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This Project has been financed in part by the Maryland Center for History and Culture's Thomas V. "Mike” Miller History Fund. However, Project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

What is Blacks of the Chesapeake?

African-Americans who have worked and continue to work in the maritime and seafood processing industries in the Chesapeake Bay region are an integral part of this area's rich culture and heritage. In 1994, the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation began to document this aspect of Americana. The foundation serves the community with a broad range of historical, cultural and educational activities.

Documentation includes the book, The Chesapeake Bay through Ebony Eyes, which provides a history of African-American contributions in the Chesapeake's maritime industries, and includes a collection of seafood recipes, poetry, photographs and sketches; and the book, Blacks of the Chesapeake, An Integral Part of Maritime History, which provides a pictorial history of African-Americans at work as ship captains, sail makers, watermen, and seafood processing plant employees.


First Black Man of Any Nation to Sail Around the World Alone via Cape Horn to be Inducted into the Hall of Fame

Captain William "Bill" Pinkney, a Chicago native living in Fajardo, Puerto Rico will be inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island on October 16, 2021.

The announcement was made today by the President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame Museum that in addition to the induction Pinkney will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award which as only been awarded a few times. Captain Bill will join such notables as America's Cup winners Ted Turner and Dennis Conners along with Joshua Slocum the first man to sail around the world solo.

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Bill Pinkney Talks Solo Circumnavigation

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July 20 Event

Through Ebony Eyes: Preserving the Legacy of Blacks on the Chesapeake

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Speaker: Vince Leggett, Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, Founder and President

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Community Mourns Death
of Captain Warren Butler

GRASONVILLE - Lifelong waterman, Captain Warren Butler, 92, died unexpectedly, Friday, July 2, of apparent heart failure.

Upon learning of his death, Jerry Harris, founding family member of Harris Seafood, and Harris Crab House at Kent Narrows, said, "My whole family knew Captain Warren. He was a great man, a great American. He sold oysters to my father. I looked up to Captain Warren all my life. Black or white, he was a role model, someone to model your own life by. I wish there were many more people in the world like Captain Warren!"

Longtime Grasonville Community Center, Past President Jim Brown said, "He was a gentle, kind man. Always greeted you with a smile, and very respectful to everyone. He loved to talk about the history of the Chesapeake Bay." Read more.

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