Historic St. Mary’s City held its annual Maryland Day celebration on the museum grounds on Saturday, March 25, 2023. Over 200 guests were in attendance for the ceremony hosted by the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission. Rear Admiral Tim Heely, USN (retired), Chairman of the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission gave opening remarks. A presentation of the colors was given by the N.A.S. Patuxent River Color Guard and St. Maries Citty Militia, a volunteer organization. The National Anthem was performed by the Southern Maryland Community Gospel Choir and St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir, who together also performed a musical selection later in the ceremony. Following the anthem was a welcoming, offered by Piscataway Tribal Chair Francis Gray. During his stirring speech, Gray spoke of “inverting the narrative” in history, instead looking at it through “Piscataway eyes” rather than a colonial lens. Lucille Walker, Executive Director of the newly named Southern Maryland National Heritage Area, gave comments showing her enthusiasm and passion for the diverse history of St. Mary’s County and its national importance. State Senator Jack Bailey bestowed three commendations to HSMC’s former Executive Director Regina Faden Ph.D. for her dedication to the museum. The first was from Maryland Governor […]
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