Marietta House Museum Presents Award-Winning Play “A MATTER OF WORTH”

By PRESS OFFICER
Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation

Riverdale, Md. (April 11, 2024)—Marietta House Museum, part of the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, is proud to present its annual Giving Voice Initiative event on April 20 from 1–3 p.m. This year the museum is pleased to present the award-winning play, “A Matter of Worth” written and directed by D.C. resident Marcia E. Coles.

Cole was inspired to write “A Matter of Worth” after finding a historical newspaper slave sale ad from the 1800s. The ad described the sale of a mule for five-dollars and a seventy-year-old enslaved woman for one-dollar. Cole wrote this moving play about Hannah, an enslaved woman who reflects on her place in the world and her humanity. The play, set in 1855 Maryland, is performed by a six-person cast who help Hannah contemplate her personhood. “A Matter of Worth” has been performed in several Washington D.C. venues to rave reviews.

Marcia E. Cole is a native Washingtonian, writer, and poet. She received her BA in Early Childhood Education from the University of the District of Columbia. She has won the College Language Association Creative Writing contests across three genres: Drama, Poetry, and Short Story. Cole is the author of “Light in Dark Places: History in Verse” that explores aspects of American history. Cole says about her play and the upcoming production at Marietta House Museum, “A Matter of Worth gives memory to all those who labored unsung. This is for the anonymous ancestors. Gone but not forgotten.”

$10/person; ages 12 & up. To register, visit tinyurl.com/bddzmk97.


Built in 1813, Marietta House Museum is a late Federal-style brick house and past tobacco plantation, the former home of Gabriel Duvall and generations of his family, and the enforced home of many enslaved men, women, and children. Duvall was a lawyer, Maryland legislator, U.S. Congressman, U.S. Comptroller, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The Duvall family enslaved anywhere from nine to 40 people at Marietta during any given year between 1783 and 1864. The Duvalls enslaved multiple generations of the Duckett, Butler, Jackson, and Brown families. Marietta is a nationally recognized historic site which includes a cemetery, original root cellar, and Duvall law office, as well as 25 acres where visitors can walk to see the former locations of outbuildings and slave dwellings. To learn more, visit pgparks.com/facilities/marietta-house-museum.


With over 28,000 acres of parkland, trails, athletic fields, playgrounds and more, the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County provides an award-winning park system through progressive, quality, innovative leadership and a commitment to its community and environment. The Department delivers first-class recreational activities and programs for people of all ages and ability levels. It strives to improve the quality of life for residents in Prince George’s County and the communities in which they live, work, and raise families. The Department’s Formula 2040 Plan establishes a framework that will assure the Department can meet future parks and recreation programmatic and facility needs, fulfilling its mission to determine the combination of land, facilities and programs that will provide appropriate experiences for Prince Georgians in the future. To learn more, visit pgparks.com.

 

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FedChoice Supports the 51st Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run

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FedChoice Federal Credit Union

WASHINGTON (April 6, 2024)—FedChoice Federal Credit Union supported the 51st Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run in Washington, DC on April 5 and 6, with a financial contribution as well as staff volunteers. Presented by America’s Credit Unions, the event raises funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. FedChoice was proud to play a small part in the event that raised over $550,000 for a wonderful organization.

FedChoice President/CEO Brett Noll ran in the 10-mile event on Sunday. “My first Credit Union Cherry Blossom couldn’t have been better,” said Noll. “It was incredible to run with thousands of people through our beautiful Nation’s capital while joining so many credit union members, volunteers, and staff in raising over half a million dollars for an extraordinary cause.”

FedChoice employees also volunteered at water stops and handed out race packets before the run. FedChoice Business Development Manager Marcia Lynch said, “The Annual Cherry Blossom Run gives me a chance to connect with so many other credit union volunteers and to encourage the runners. FedChoice is proud to continue to support this event and honestly, it’s just fun!”


FedChoice Federal Credit Union was chartered in 1935 when a group of Bureau of Internal Revenue employees established a credit union to meet their financial needs. FedChoice has grown stronger every year since by serving federal employees, contractors, retirees, and their families in the Washington and Philadelphia metro areas. With access to over 60,000 surcharge-free ATMs, more than 5,000 CO-OP Shared Branches, and comprehensive online and mobile banking facilities, members can conveniently manage their accounts at any time, 365 days a year. FedChoice has over 24,000 members and $432 million in assets as of April 2024.


Credit Union Cherry Blossom is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the Children’s Miracle Network of non-profit children’s hospitals across North America. The first runs took place in 1995, and in 2002 many credit unions became the main sponsors of the event. The organization has donated over $9 million to Children’s Miracle Network since its inception.

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“Banneker-Douglass-Tubman Museum” Name Change Bill Officially Signed by Governor Wes Moore

By PRESS OFFICER
Banneker-Douglass Museum

Annapolis, Md. (April 11, 2024)—On Tuesday, April 9, 2024, Governor Wes Moore signed bills HB390/ SB341 into law, actualizing a historic change in the name of Maryland’s official museum on African American heritage. The Banneker-Douglass Museum will now be known as the Banneker-Douglass-Tubman Museum. The name change honors the legacy of Harriet Tubman, the iconic abolitionist, suffragist, and humanitarian, alongside Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass.

The museum’s new name will officially take effect starting July 1, 2024 with the new fiscal year. The name change process will involve updating marketing materials, signage, and eventually the building’s facade over the coming year to reflect the museum’s new identity.

The decision reflects the museum’s commitment to inclusivity and recognition of the contributions of Tubman to the state of Maryland and beyond. Dr. Edwin T. Johnson, Chair of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC), expressed his thoughts on the historic moment: “The addition of Harriet Tubman’s name to the museum signifies a pivotal step forward in our acknowledgment of the dynamic history of African American women in Maryland. Tubman’s unparalleled courage and dedication to freedom resonates deeply with our work to preserve and document African American history in the state, and her story must be told. We are proud to honor her alongside Banneker and Douglass.”

Chanel C. Johnson, Executive Director of the commission and museum, shared her sentiments on the name change: “As we embark on this journey to transition to the Banneker-Douglass-Tubman Museum, we are filled with a sense of reverence and responsibility. Harriet Tubman’s legacy embodies resilience and activism, which are at the core of our institution. We are committed to ensuring that her name and contributions are celebrated and remembered for generations to come.”


The Banneker-Douglass Museum is the State of Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage. It is operated by the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. It serves to document, interpret, and promote African American history and culture through exhibitions, programs, and projects in order to improve the understanding and appreciation of America’s rich cultural diversity for all. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission is free. Visit http://bdmuseum.maryland.gov. Follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

 

 

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