Something happened at the Charles Sumner Post #25 (G.A.R.)


It was an unforgettable, historic day at the newly restored Charles Sumner Post #25 – Grand Army of the Republic building in Chestertown, MD on Monday, June 22, 2015.

Chestertown Spy Reporter James Dissette reported on the event in a most eloquent manner.

“…. In its simplest form, the evening was a performance by two gifted musicians, Guy Davis and Reggie Harris—who, as a gift to board members and friends of the G.A.R.— invited us into the heart of blues and gospel, taught us about the codes embedded in slave songs to communicate information about the Underground Railroad, and told personal stories about friends Pete Seegar and Odetta, all the while accompanying their narratives with songs, both original, and folk favorites.

But remember where we were—and the week we just endured.” …

And then it happened.

As Guy Davis tuned his guitar for the next song, an audience member stood to announce a headline that flashed over his cellphone: that Nikki Haley, the Governor of South Carolina, was calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol.

The Post’s small, second-floor performance room erupted in applause and Amens.”

See more performances and read the entire article on the Chestertown Spy.

The event was a gift provided by Tom McHugh and the Mainstay in Rock Hall.