Blacks of the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland- Foundation for Black History in Maryland.
“I caught the spirit of the Chesapeake.” —Vincent Leggett
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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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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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