2021 Events


The Board of Directors of and Stakeholders of Sumner Hall invite you to join our celebration of Black History Month.  Stop by our exhibit, get your copies of our newly published book and tune into our virtual offerings!  Please visit our website – www.sumnerhall.org – for additional information.


A Generational Struggle for Racial Justice 

Bordley History Center

February 4 – 28

Visit our exhibit now on display in the front window of the Historical Society of Kent County, located at the intersection of High and Cross Streets.  It features two 19th century leaders of the struggle, William H. Perkins and Frederick Nichols; the Freedom Riders’ visit to Chestertown in 1962; and last year’s demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter.


Henry Highland Garnet Books Now Available

February 4th, Onward

One of America’s most celebrated crusaders for racial justice, Henry Highland Garnet, was born enslaved in Kent County in 1815.  Since his story is not well known, George Shivers has written two children’s books  – a coloring book and a chapter book – that have just been published by Sumner Hall.  Get your copy today!


Henry Highland Garnet, Kent County Hero                                    

4 pm, February 13th, via ZOOM and Live-Streamed via Facebook

A conversation with author, Professor George Shivers, hosted by Sumner Hall’s Gordon Wallace. Learn about this famous abolitionist who made such a significant contribution to civic discussion and action during the Civil War Era.


James Taylor Justice Coalition Presentation

7:30 pm, February 16th, via the Chestertown Town Council’s ZOOM Link

Co-Chairpersons, Larry Wilson and Philip Dutton will invite the Town of Chestertown to join the coalition as part of the Chestertown Unites Against Racism initiative.  Tune in to this regular meeting of the Town Council to learn more.


COVID-19:  Vaccine Hesitancy and the African American Experience

6:30 pm, February 19 via ZOOM and Live-Streamed via Facebook

Our annual Henry Highland Garnet Symposium addresses a most timely issue.  Join this important discussion that will follow presentations from public health and community education experts .


African American Read-In

6:00 pm, February 24, a Virtual Program produced by the Kent County Library 

This interactive, multigenerational program will celebrate black authors, literacy, reading, and diversity in literature.  Jointly sponsored by the Kent County Library and Washington College’s Department of Education and Black Studies Program, this year’s event is produced by the library and provides an interactive learning opportunity for readers and listeners alike.