hair and the Phillips packing plant, where many residents worked.
The mural also prominently features several notable activists. Gloria Richardson, who organized local actions during the Civil Rights Movement and explained structural racism to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, speaks into a microphone. Community health pioneers Dr. J. Edwin Fassett and Nurse Maxine McGee treat an infant. The face of Harriet Tubman (more on her later) anchors the center. Rosato intersperses these images with those of the everyday heroes—a track runner, farmer and Tuskegee Airman among them—that typify this community’s enduring resilience.
Location: By the corner of Maryland Avenue and US 50, Cambridge
‘Goose on the Caboose’
Hordes of Canadian geese visit the Eastern Shore’s extensive wetlands every October, like clockwork. Many denizens see them as a noisy and disgusting nuisance. Some hunt them for their meat. Rosato created “Goose on the Caboose,” located steps away from Cambridge Creek and Portside Seafood Restaurant, with a happier story in mind.
“In Michener’s ‘Chesapeake,’ there’s a story of a father and his two sons,” he said. “He takes his kids out outside, because it’s October, and he says, ‘Today’s the day they come. And today, we’re not going to shoot them. They’re allowed to come in and eat on my fields and harvest, and we’re going to enjoy the fact that we’ve been given one more year of these majestic birds coming to visit us, and they won’t be shot—today.’ That doesn’t mean he’s not going to go out and feed his family eventually, but today he allowed them in.”
The mural’s name references the red train car on which it sits. To create the image of a goose almost flapping beyond the fourth wall, Rosato used a technique called “trompe l’oeil,” French for “tricking the eye.” He employed this visual deception in several other works along the mural trail, including the most famous and recent installment.
Location: Powell Real Estate, 200 Trenton St., Cambridge
‘Take My Hand’
‘Take My Hand’: ‘Big Bird’: shads, a fish that visits the region every year to spawn. “The oysters, the crab, the reeds coming down to the water— it’s all based on the landscape, the fauna, the bounty of the bay.”
Location: J.M. Clayton’s, 108 Commerce St. (or the drawbridge near Maryland Avenue and Academy Street for a fuller view), Cambridge
‘East New Market’
The rest of the mural trail takes travelers out of Cambridge and further into the Eastern Shore, starting with a pair of murals in East New Market.
One such mural, which uses trompe l’oeil so visitors can “feed” a horse, shows Indigenous peoples of the Nanticoke tribe trading with colonial settlers. Turn around and gaze across the street for the second mural, which depicts another era in the region’s history—and one of the Eastern Shore’s most famous residents.
“It shows the old East New Market and the church that was very instrumental in bringing the enslaved people over and getting them going on the Underground Railroad, as well as establishing them once they were emancipated,” Rosato said. “It’s not a story of East New Market as much as one of the Eastern Shore, as Frederick Douglass was from Talbot County, but he’s in there, as a free man walking.”
Location: Main Street and Railroad Avenue, East New Market
‘Native American Life’
The mural is located on the side of the Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center in downtown Cambridge.
The Vienna Community Center features a timeline of local history, beginning with Native American culture through to the time of colonial settlers.
A great blue heron feasting on a blue crab feast adorns the side of J.M. Clayton’s Seafood on Cambridge Creek.