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Born in Chesterville: The First Black Minister to Address the U.S. Congress 

    Starting Point: Kent County, Md. Heading west out of Millington, Maryland on Route 291 you will soon come to a sign announcing that the road is dedicated to the memory of Henry Highland Garnet, whose life story has as many interesting twists and turns as any African American man in the 19th century. The fact that the first black minister to ever address…
January 30, 2018
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WAY BACK MACHINE: When the Civil Rights ‘Freedom Riders’ Arrived in Chestertown, 1962

    Early in 1962, Rev. Frederick Jones, Sr. invited a group of “Freedom Riders” to come to his town and help local blacks mount a campaign against segregation. Nearly 150 of those civil rights activists showed up on Feb. 3, in two buses and a dozen cars. They were mostly college students, and they came from schools in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore.…
Road Trips

Chestertown, the Colonial King of the Eastern Shore

  Chestertown sure knows how to make a swell first impression. As you cross the Chester River from the south on Church Hill Road, keep your eyes left to soak in a scene that seems to come straight out of the 1700s—a spectacular run of dripping-in-history brick homes rising up on the waterfront. Make that crossing at the right time of day, and you will have…