From the Hosanna School Museum:
On Saturday October 17, 2015, Hosanna School Museum will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Harford County, Maryland’s public schools by hosting a bus tour to visit the county’s historic Freedmen’s Bureau, Rosenwald, Consolidated, and private schools. The event will also honor the contributions of Thurgood Marshall, Juanita Jackson Mitchell, A. Dwight Pettit and the numerous ordinary people who took extraordinary steps to gain equal education in Harford County.
On May 31th 1955, the United States Supreme Court ruled that desegregation of public schools was to be conducted “…with all deliberate speed.” Baltimore City was amongst the first to integrate, even before the first Brown v. Board decision in 1954. However, it was not until September of 1965 that the public schools in Harford County would complete the process.
The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Hosanna School Museum and the bus will return at 3:30 p.m. Hosanna is located at 2424 Castleton Road, Darlington (mailing address: P.O. Box 305, Darlington, Maryland 21034). Lunch will be provided and the Museum is asking for a Donation of $25 for students and $40 for adults.
Participants can pay online through PayPal or a credit card under the “Get Involved” button at: www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/get-involved or by check, made payable to Hosanna Community House, Inc. Space is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance by October 13, 2015.
To register and for more information: Contact, Charles L. Chavis, Jr., Museum Assistant at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-457-4161.
Hosanna School Museum is a Freedmen’s Bureau School and was the first public in Harford for African Americans. Built in 1867 and restored in 2005 it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This event is sponsored in part by the Harford County Government EDAB Tourism-Related Grant.