Anne Catharine Green added to park’s name

For­mer Mary­land Gazette pub­lisher hon­ored for work

The Capital - - FRONT PAGE - By Rachael Pa­cella

As rain poured down over the Sev­ern River, 18th-cen­tury news­pa­per pub­lisher and ed­i­tor Anne Catharine Hoof Green stood near the bank, a copy of the Mary­land Gazette neatly folded un­der her left arm.

The real Green died in 1775, of course, eight years af­ter tak­ing over pub­li­ca­tion of what is now one of the na­tion’s old­est news­pa­pers from her hus­band Jonas Green.

The woman by the bank, the mod­ern mi­rage, was Diane Rey dressed as Green in pe­riod at­tire.

Rey was one of dozens who gath­ered Fri­day to cel­e­brate adding Anne Catharine’s name to her hus­band’s name­sake park — now Jonas and Anne Catharine Green Park.

Jim Mor­ri­son, who helped launch the re­nam­ing ef­fort, said Anne Catharine turned around a fail­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion that was un­der great debt. Jonas wasn’t a good busi­ness­man, but Anne Catharine was a good busi­ness­woman, Mor­ri­son said.

“If it hadn’t been for her in­ter­fer­ence, this park wouldn’t be named for him,” he said.

“In An­napo­lis ... It’s also im­por­tant that we honor the con­tri­bu­tions of our found­ing moth­ers like Anne Catharine Green.” Diane Rey, an Anne Catharine Green re-en­ac­tor who sup­ported the name change of the An­napo­lis park

Af­ter the yel­low rib­bon was cut on the new park sign, Rey took a piece. It takes her more than an hour to put on her pe­riod cos­tume so she can look as the pub­lisher would have looked. To get the act down, she said she puts on some­thing else — a coura­geous dis­po­si­tion.

Green nursed 14 chil­dren, but only six lived past child­hood. Af­ter she took over for her late hus­band, she was named by the Mary­land As­sem­bly as printer to the prov­ince, mak­ing her re­spon­si­ble for print­ing gov­ern­ment pub­li­ca­tions and money, in ad­di­tion to her in­de­pen­dent news­pa­per.

Still, she pub­lished let­ters that were crit­i­cal of the peo­ple pay­ing her, Rey said.

She also earned the same salary as her hus­band for be­ing printer to the prov­ince: 48,000 pounds of to­bacco. Think of that — equal pay for equal work in the 18th cen­tury, Rey said.

“In An­napo­lis we of­ten talk about the four Mary­land men who signed the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence, but it’s also im­por­tant that we honor the con­tri­bu­tions of our found­ing moth­ers like Anne Catharine Green,” Rey said.

Rey has writ­ten for three news­pa­pers — in­clud­ing as a cor­re­spon­dent for The

Cap­i­tal — and said she was fas­ci­nated by Green’s story of a woman act­ing as ed­i­tor, pub­lisher and printer of a news­pa­per.

“Be­cause of her work with the news­pa­per, she was ac­tu­ally in­flu­enc­ing what peo­ple talked about and what they thought at a piv­otal time in our coun­try’s his­tory,” Rey said.

Jim Mor­ri­son and his wife Su­san first asked the county to change the park’s name in 2010, but the idea was picked up this year af­ter the park was fully trans­ferred from the state to the county. At the event, Su­san Mor­ri­son thanked the stake­hold­ers that made the name change pos­si­ble.

“You have done well to cor­rect an his­tor­i­cal in­jus­tice, to im­prove our knowl­edge of his­tory, and to give us more rea­son to be proud of our coun­try, our state and our county,” she said.

Rick Hutzell, pub­lisher of The Cap­i­tal and the Mary­land Gazette, also gave re­marks at the event about the strong women who have worked at the pa­per over the years, in­clud­ing Wendi Win­ters and Re­becca Smith, two staff mem­bers who were mur­dered in a mass shoot­ing at the Cap­i­tal Gazette news­room in June.

This year, 2018, marks the 250th an­niver­sary of Green be­ing named printer to the prov­ince, Rey said. For the Mary­land

Gazette, it was a year marked by tragedy, but in a way Green was there.

Be­cause Rey was there, march­ing down Main Street dur­ing a June 29 vigil for the fallen jour­nal­ists.


Jonas Green Park in An­napo­lis was re­named Jonas and Anne Catharine Green Park dur­ing a cer­e­mony Fri­day. Diane Rey, dressed as Anne Catharine Green, was in at­ten­dance.


Mark Gar­rity, parks ad­min­is­tra­tor for the Anne Arun­del County Depart­ment of Recre­ation and Parks, un­veils the new sign along with other dig­ni­taries Fri­day.

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