What is the purpose of the Sumner Hall Veterans’ Project?
Sumner Hall Veteran’s Project is a part of the larger Chesapeake Heartland project. Sumner Hall has identified goals to achieve throughout this active project which are:
• To build relationships with African American Veterans in Kent County
• To teach the history of African American Veterans by making materials accessible through the Chesapeake Heartland Project
• To provide events and programs to engage Veterans and community members
What is Chesapeake Heartland?
Chesapeake Heartland is a collaboration between the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Washington College, and a diverse array of local organizations including Sumner Hall, Kent Cultural Alliance, and Kent County Public Library. Its mission is to preserve, digitize, interpret, and make accessible materials related to African American history and culture in Kent County, MD, and beyond.
Sumner Hall was built by African American Veterans from Kent County. Sumner Hall is a place of remembrance. We are determined not only to preserve the past but to continue honoring the many contributions of all African American Veterans from Kent County.
What are Chesapeake Heartland’s Community-Identified Goals?
Over the past three years, the Chesapeake Heartland researchers and historians asked hundreds of community members how to make this collaboration meaningful and they have consistently said the project should: 1) create platforms for community interpretation; 2) strengthen local schools and nonprofits; 3) foster cross-generational and interracial conversation; 4) engage, employ, and train local teenagers; 5) document life’s more joyous experiences along with injustice and activism.
Explore the digital archive: https://archive.chesapeakeheartland.org/index.php/Gallery/52
Learn more about African American Veterans from Kent County: https://sumnerhall.org/kent-county-aa-veterans/