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GENERAL DONATIONS:  Sumner Hall exists thanks to the generous donations from members of the public – individuals, and organizations.  While our musical and cultural events and grant-supported programs are designed to pay for themselves, they do not pay for the basic cost of running Sumner Hall.  Your contribution – via memberships, donations, and rental fees – is the fuel that keeps us open!  Thank you for your support.

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The 2024 Legacy Day will take place in Chestertown on August 16 and 17, 2024.  All sponsors will be recognized on large banners displayed on the outside walls of Sumner Hall and the Bordley History Center. and on Sumner Hall’s website. Please visit our Legacy Day 2024 page for more details about the sponsorship levels:

Gospel ($2000); R&B ($1000+); Jazz ($500); Blues ($250); Hip Hop ($100); Ragtime ($50); and Bebop ($25)

Social Action Committee for Racial Justice (SACRJ)

Sumner Hall supports the work of SACRJ by providing meeting space; publicity; administrative and financial management services.  While volunteers generate the ideas, energy and in-kind support to power SACRJ, it also needs financial support to conduct its initiatives and programs.

Make a SACRJ General Donation

James Taylor Justice Coalition

The James Taylor Justice Coalition (JTJC) aims to educate our community about the injustice of James Taylor’s 1892 lynching in Chestertown, Maryland, and to make the connection between the racial terror lynchings of the past and mass incarceration, incidents of police brutality, and discrimination of today. In addition to serving as an implementing partner of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, JTJC is an active member of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project and a Community Remembrance Project of the Equal Justice Initiative. 

All contributions to Sumner hall are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  We will issue an official acknowledgment to each contributor. We are grateful for your support!

Please make your donations by check or credit card.  Checks should be made payable to “Sumner Hall” with one of the following noted on the memo line:  Sumner Hall – General, Sumner Hall – Legacy Day or SACRJ.  Please mail you check to Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.   Questions?  Contact us by email: