The videos below were produced in partnership with Fenix Youth Project.
Introductions: Learn from the students participating in the program why they think this project is so important to be a part of.
Week 2: Listen this week as participants talk about the contributions of two of the figures on the Church Street Mural: James F. Stewart and Elaine Brown. Thank you to Jayonna, who worked on recording the information, and Toi’Rae and Kaniyah who went on an exploratory adventure in Salisbury capturing photos!
Week 3: This week, participants sat down for a conversation about two more figures who contributed to local history here on the Eastern Shore. Listen below as Caleb, Toi’Rae, and Kaniyah talk about the lives and contributions made by Howard Birkhead and Mary Fair Burks.
Learn even more about Mary Fair Burks on UMES’ website here
Week 4: This week, participants sat down for a conversation about three more figures who contributed to local history here on the Eastern Shore. Listen below as SBY youth talk about three more of the figures on the Rt. 13 mural: Sgt. William A. Bulter, Dr. Charles Chipman, and Dr. Herbert Sembly.
About the Mural
The beautiful piece of public art which now stands at the corner of Church Street and Business Route 13 may have taken a couple of months to paint, but it is the product of more than a century of history made right here in Salisbury, by a resilient community which has historically been under-served. Once known as “Georgetown,” the neighborhood which surrounded this site was all but erased from the map to make way for Route 13. This mural, and the small park which surrounds it, were created with the input and cooperation of the people who live and work in the surrounding neighborhood.
About the Artist
Paul “Sketch” Boyd III was born and raised in Salisbury. Boyd’s design company, Seven Digits and Running Studios, brings urban influence to portraiture, interior design, and fashion. Boyd’s work can be found in homes and businesses around Salisbury, and even in the offices of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in New York City. His mural design was informed by the book ‘Round the Pond, the Georgetown Neighborhood of Salisbury, Maryland written by local historian, Linda Duyer. Inspired by stories of prominent African-American citizens from throughout Salisbury’s history, Boyd’s vision was to create a vibrant and joyous work that invoked the limitless possibility of the future, yet also payed reverence to the community icons who laid the way for his generation.
About Edward H. Nabb Research Center at SU:
The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University is a humanities research laboratory for university students that also fulfills the historical resource needs of a variety of community researchers. Founded in 1982, it was endowed in 1998 by Edward H. Nabb, an attorney and philanthropist from Cambridge, Maryland and renamed in his honor. Learn more on their website.
Salisbury African American History
Sample of Sources
Last November our community lost one of its most beloved and revered storytellers. Linda Duyer began her research work in Salisbury in 1990 by documenting African American cemeteries and communities in our area. She was an integral part of the planning and execution of the Rt. 13 Mural, located at the corner of Church Street and Rt. 13. In fact, just a few months before she passed, wrote this article: https://bit.ly/2Upmv3S for the Salisbury Independent entitled ‘Imagining What Salisbury was Like 100 Years Ago.’
Linda’s memory lives on through the incredible work that she did here in Salisbury and on Delmarva as a whole.
Flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmSyCv1C
Finding aid for archival collection: http://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.021
13th- Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay’s examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. This piercing, Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs and the NAACP Image Awards.
True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality- For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. An intimate portrait of this remarkable man, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten the country, challenging viewers to confront it.
Explained: Racial Wealth Gap- Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.
Wicomico Truth and Reconciliation Initiative
The Wicomico Truth and Reconciliation Initiative is a local movement that seeks to address our community’s history of white supremacy through education and advocacy. They are working closely with the Salisbury Lynching Memorial Task Force to establish a memorial for the three individuals who were killed at the hands of lynch mobs in Wicomico County.
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Their website provides resources, information, and a tool for finding a therapist near you. Visit www.therapyforblackgirls.com to learn more, or to search for a local therapist in your area, visit www.providers.therapyforblackgirls.com. Listen to the most recent episode of their podcast below!
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
The City of Salisbury is proud to be working with the Equal Justice Initiative through our Lynching Memorial Task Force to bring awareness and justice to those that lost their lives in our City at the hands of racist lynch mobs.
Learn more about EJI and their incredible work on their website.
Salisbury Lynching Memorial Task Force
The Salisbury Lynching Memorial Task Force is working to facilitate the creation of a permanent monument in honor and solemn remembrance of the three American citizens who lost their lives at the hands of lynch mobs in Wicomico County. They are working closely with local organizations like the Wicomico Truth and Reconciliation Initiative, and national organizations such as the Equal Justice Initiative.
“The events which led to the deaths of these men represent the darkest, most despicable acts of which we are capable,” said the Mayor. “It’s not enough to tell the world that we’re better than these acts, and then just try to move past them. What we have to understand is that the scars left upon a community by coordinated acts of mob violence don’t heal overnight. They don’t heal over decades. They can only begin to heal when we acknowledge and address the reprehensible acts themselves. And, most importantly, the three men who died deserve basic human dignity. They were denied that. By erecting this monument, we are doing what we can to try to give it back. ”
Task Force Members:
Co-Chairs: Amber Green & Michaela Moses
Gretchen Nichols, Brante Dashiell, Bonni Miller, Phillip LeBel, Ajene Turnbull, Jahnae Wallace, James Yamakawa, Joseph Venosa, Neil White, Thomas Long (Intern and Support Role), Creston Long (Nabb Center Support Role), Stephon Mason, Jake Day
A 501(c)3 non-profit based in Salisbury, Maryland that encourages community involvement and personal development in youth through creative arts. Whether dance, music, poetry, or photography, these creative tools serve as ways to impact social change and we are focusing on making an effort to divert youth from destructive choices and provide an alternative way to have fun, serve their community and express themselves. www.fenixyouthproject.org/
Check out the interview we did with Fenix Youth’s founder, Amber Green, here!
The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. Visit their website to learn about how you can donate, volunteer, become a member, and take action.
Connect with our local branch on their Facebook Page.
Check out the feature we did last year on NAACP Branch 7028’s new President, Dr. Brante Dashiell!
Maryland Eastern Shore Black Business Directory (published by the Delmarva African American Pride Magazine)
Delmarva Black Owned Businesses (published by Alison Foster, former Mayor’s Office Intern)
Nurturing and supporting our local Black owned businesses is essential to empowering members of our black community. During a time of uncertainty due to the pandemic, some people are without jobs, childcare, and in some cases even housing. Supporting a Black owned business doesn’t have to cost anything though, and here are a few ways you can show support for FREE: