Kennard Alumni creates cultural heritage center
CENTREVILLE — The Kennard Alumni Association has been on a mission to restore Kennard High School, Queen Anne’s County’s first secondary school for African Americans, opened in 1936.
The old high school building, which was leased to the alumni association, for 99 years, by the County Commissioners in 1996, remained vacant for 40 years until restoration construc- tion began in 2010. In 2012 the Kennard Alumni Association purchased the property from the county, for $1, and is now its sole owner.
Restoration is expected to be completed by late spring of 2016, with programs commencing in the fall.
The school’s restoration will provide a learning resource that models the history and culture of the African American community in Queen Anne’s County. This learning resource will offer programs in education and cultural arts to all youth and adults of this and neighboring counties.
Our vision is to provide this resource through the creation of the Kennard High School Cultural Heritage Center and African American History Museum. The restored high school and museum will provide a window into the rich history and heritage of African American culture on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
The museum will be a permanent exhibit with text panels, recorded audio/ video histories and artifacts donated by former staff, students, and community.
Our research has shown us that there is a fundamental need, especially in the upper county area, for after school programs targeting the “underserved” population of Queen Anne’s County. This need especially impacts the African American and lower income population that cannot afford private enterprise programs for after school care, tutoring, cultural arts, and advance training skills.
There are few community center locations for meet- ings, social events, and resource referral. We believe that the Kennard Cultural Heritage Center will address that need.
Our tutorial programs in “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and language arts will further the opportunity for our target population to advance educationally, culturally and economically.
For more information, visit kennardalumni.com or contact Clay Washington, president, at 443-239-2110.
Community leaders partnered with the Queen Anne’s County Child Abuse Response & Evaluation Center in April in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. In the front row are Major Dwayne Boardman, Sgt. Mike Smith, Lance Richardson, Gregg Todd, Det. Chase Armington and D/Cpl. Troy Lowery. In the back row are Commissioner James Moran, Susan Coppage, Jackie Veeney, Sharon Burns, Susie Spiering, Cheryl Conway and Christine Dulla Rickard.