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“50 Years After the Fire: A Commemoration of Our History.”
Telling an Untold Story

July 20-23, 2017

 “Reflections on Pine”

Eastern Shore Network for Change, Brings this Telling of an Untold Story, a commemoration of the summer of 1967 and the fire on Pine Street, Cambridge, MD. The weekend will feature walking tours, art exhibits, book readings, a gala dinner, prayer breakfast and more. Details to follow.

The summer of 1967 was the height of the Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, MD. On the evening of July 23, 1967, a fire erupted on Pine Street, the heart of the African-American community. An elementary school, several businesses, and a church were destroyed in the fire. This community has never talked about the fire. The healing process never really started here. We aim to change that with this series of events. Many local organizations have signed on to help, including Alpha Genesis CDC, Cambridge Main Street, Cambridge Police Department, Chesapeake College, City of Cambridge, Dept. of Economic Develop., Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, Dorchester Co. Dept. of Economic Development, Dorchester Co. Faith Alliance, Dorchester Co. Historical Society, Dorchester Co. Public Schools, Dorchester Tourism, the Harriet Tubman Organization, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and WHCP. 
For more info, go to, email, 443-252-3542

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Opening Reception

5:30 p.m.: Chesapeake College, Cambridge, 416 Race Street, Cambridge; Reception will feature a pictorial history of Pine Street and the civil rights movement in Cambridge.  Free.

A Conversation with Gloria Richardson Dandridge

7 p.m.: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, 100 Heron Blvd, Cambridge, MD;

Gloria Richardson Dandridge will speak about her thoughts and memories of the Cambridge Movement I the early 1960’s. She is best known as the leader of the Cambridge Movement, a struggle for civil rights and economic opportunities for African Americans in Cambridge, MD in the early 1960’s.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Talk: History of Pine Street and the Effects of the Civil Rights Movement

10 a.m.: Dorchester County Library, 303 Gay Street, Cambridge,  MD; David “Nicky” Henry, author of Up Pine Street and Dr. Peter Levy, author of Civil War on Race Street will give a history of Pine Street, the main artery of the African-American community of Cambridge, and discuss how the civil Rights Movement affected the community. Free, but registration is requested.

Mural Dedication

4-5 p.m.: Maryland Avenue, Just off of Rt. 50, Cambridge; Everyone is welcome to join in the dedication of Dorchester County’s newest public mural! The mural highlights Cambridge’s rich African-American history, culture and heritage, particularly in the community around Pine Street, which is one of the oldest African-American communities in the country. The 11 foot by 48 foot mural was created by artist Michael Rosato, whose studio is in downtown Cambridge. Rosato’s work is featured in museums, public spaces and private residences across the country. The  mural includes  some of Dorchester’s most well-known citizens — Harriet Tubman, the most famous “conductor” of the Underground Railroad in the mid-1800s, and Gloria Richardson Dandridge, a key figure in the civil rights movement in the 1960s — as well as ordinary citizens such as a bricklayer, a barber, and a baker. The mural is just the beginning of a larger plan to design and develop this corner, which is being considered the “gateway” to Cambridge’s downtown area. The mural dedication is part of the “Reflections on Pine” series of events scheduled for July 20-23, which will commemorate 50 years of “civil rights, change, and community” in Cambridge. The events include a community conversation, church service, dinner, and more – all designed to encourage dialogue and healing in the community. Find out more about the Reflections on Pine events. The mural was funded through a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and the Federal Highway Administration, and is one of a series of murals throughout Dorchester County that are part of the Chesapeake Country Mural Trail. Find out more about the mural trail.

Gala Dinner honoring Local Civil rights Icons

7-10 p.m.: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, 100 Heron Blvd, Cambridge; We will be honoring three individuals from our community that were part of the movement and one that is a product of it; Harriet Tubman, Gloria Richardson Dandridge, Fred Jackson, and our current mayor who is the first female and first African-American to hold the office, Victoria Jackson-Stanley. Tickets cost $50 per ticket; $400 per table.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Community Conversation on Race

12-2 p.m.: Bethel AME Church Annex, 623 Pine Street, Cambridge, MD; This will be a professionally facilitated conversation on race and how it affects our community. A boxed lunch will be served.

“Groove on Pine”

5-8 p.m.: Pine Street Neighborhood Historic District; Come out and learn how “Groove City” got its name. Join us for music, food, and local vendors on Pine Street between Cedar Street and Dunns Court. We’ll be groovin’ to the sounds of “Uprizing”, a local band.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Race Against Racism 5K Run/Walk

(6:30 a.m. Registration & check-in) 7 a.m.: Starts downtown Cambridge, MD near the corner of Race & Muir Streets (behind Grace UMC). $25 per person

Community Church Service

11 am-1 pm, Bethel AME Church, 623 Pine Street, Cambridge, MD. A partnership with the Ministerial Alliance in an effort to de-segregate the most segregated hour in America


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For more information on events for the weekend, please visit * * 443-252-3542

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