‘50 Years After the Fire’ event set for 2017
CAMBRIDGE — Eastern Shore Network for Change (ESNC) announces “50 Years After the Fire: A Commemoration of Our History”, a commemoration of the summer of 1967 and the fire on Pine Street, July 2124, 2017, in Cambridge.
The weekend will feature walking tours, art exhibits, book readings, a gala dinner, prayer breakfast and more. Details will follow in the
The summer of 1967 was the height of Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland. On the evening of July 24, 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.
“I was born and raised in Cambridge, and it wasn’t until our event in 2012, ‘45 Years After the Fire: How Do We Know Where We’re Going If We Don’t Know Where We’ve Been’ that I realized that this community had never talked about the fire,” said Dion Banks, co-founder of ESNC. “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 with this endeavor, including, Alpha Genesis CDC, Cambridge Main Street, Cambridge Police Department, Chesapeake College, City of Cambridge Department of Economic Development, Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, Dorchester County Department of Economic Development, Dorchester County Faith Alliance, Dorchester County Historical Society, Dorchester County 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.
“We are elated that so many organizations have decided to join us in commemorating such a turning point in our community,” said ESNC co-founder, Kisha Petticolas. “The only way to learn from the past and move on from it is to have all parts of the community to acknowledge what happened.
“The vast array of organizations that have come to the table makes us believe that healing is possible,” she said. ”ESNC’s mission is to raise awareness of issues in Dorchester County and to creatively work with the community to inform, educate, and foster change which leads to social and economic empowerment.”
For more information about the organization, visit the website, www. esnccambridgemd.com/50th-anniversary-civil-rights.