Kent County Arts Council is hoping to buy the G.A.R. Hall in Chestertown, and create exhibition and performance spaces in this nationally important historic building.
The Charles Sumner Post of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), also known as Centennial Hall, was built in 1908 by African American veterans of the Civil War, it is one of only two such monuments to our history left standing in the United States.
Under the direction of Kent County Arts Council, and with the help of Main Street Historic Chestertown, and the Kent County Office of Tourism and Economic Development, there is a chance to continue restoring this historic structure, and use it for the benefit of all as a dual-purpose venue:
On the first floor, an Art and History Gallery that shines a light onto the Nation’s Civil War and the story of African Americans’ involvement in it.
- On the second floor, an Event Space which will feature jazz, blues, gospel and classical music, youth programs, poetry readings, lecture series, film series, drama, and more.
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