Jump­ing the Broom cel­e­brates African Amer­i­can wed­ding tra­di­tions

The Enquire-Gazette - - News - Priscilla F. Jones 301-627-6038

A grand cel­e­bra­tion of African-Amer­i­can wed­dings in Maryland was the re­cent Jump­ing the Broom with an open­ing re­cep­tion held June 11 at the Ban­neker-Dou­glas Mu­seum, 84 Franklin St., An­napo­lis. The cou­ples who were fea­tured at this spe­cial event were Bar­bara and John Bar­ton, Pa­tri­cia and John Brown, Mary and Thomas Davis, Celis­ter and Nor­man Evans, Al­berta and Wil­liam Hardy, Lor­raine and Eu­gene John­son, Geral­dine and Ray­mond Lang­ford, Mary and Methuse­lah Pumphrey, and Flora and Hi­awatha Wages. Spe­cial ap­plauds were given to Mary and Methuse­lah Pumphrey who will cel­e­brate their 73rd wed­ding anniversary this win­ter.

The Ban­neker-Dou­glas Mu­seum which opened this month “fo­cuses on the evo­lu­tion of African-Amer­i­can wed­ding tra­di­tions in Maryland.” There are “sev­eral sec­tions that fo­cus on tra­di­tions, fash­ion, food and the love story of lo­cal cou­ples.” Mr. and Mrs. Pumphrey are one of the sev­eral African-Amer­i­can cou­ples who will be fea­tured in Ban­neker-Dou­glas Mu­seum’s newest ex­hibit, “Jump­ing the Broom.” This mu­seum, lo­cated in down­town An­napo- lis, is “housed in the old Mount Mo­riah African Methodist Epis­co­pal Church.” Shakia Gul­lette, cu­ra­tor of ex­hibits at the mu­seum, says “The phys­i­cal act of jump­ing over the broom rep­re­sents the idea of sweep­ing away the past and invit­ing in the new and the fu­ture.”

Do you re­mem­ber the movie, Alex Ha­ley’s “Roots” in 1970? This was Mr. Ha­ley trac­ing his fam­ily to The Gam­bia fol­low­ing the story of his fam­ily as slaves in Vir­ginia where they be­came free peo­ple. There is a mon­u­ment lo­cated at City Dock hon­or­ing Mr. Ha­ley. Also at this mu­seum you will be able to see wed­ding dresses from the 1920 flap­per styles con­tin­u­ing to present dresses. Base­ball clinic

Boys, girls, ages 7 to 15: how about some base­ball fun? There’s a free base­ball clinic con­ducted by high school and youth league coaches on Satur­day, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Cosca Re­gional Park, 11000 Thrift Road, Clin­ton. This event is be­ing spon­sored by the M-NCPPC. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact M-NCPPC Sports, Health and Well­ness Di­vi­sion, 7833 Walker Drive, Suite 430, Green­belt, MD 20770. The phone num­bers for in­for­ma­tion are 301-446-6800, TTY 301-446-6802, or you can con­tact the of­fice on fax, 301446-6801.

There will be a clinic at Baysox Sta­dium, 4101 N.E. Crain High­way, Bowie, on Satur­day, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. spon­sored by St. Vin­cent Pal­lotti High School. And you can at­tend any clinic but you are asked to bring your base­ball equip­ment, glove, bat, shoes and, of course, water as you ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in this event. And, the first 100 who reg­is­ter will re­ceive two tick­ets to a fu­ture Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als base­ball game. Good luck and have fun. Farm­ers mar­ket

Get healthy, tasty, fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles at Our Lo­cal Bounty: St. Thomas Church Farm­ers Mar­ket, 14300 St. Thomas Church Road, Up­per Marl­boro. They are open on Satur­days un­til Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. The con­tact per­son is Jeff Col­burn who can be reached by di­al­ing 301-627-8469, or you can go to stthomasc­room.org/our­local­bounty. Fam­ily fun

Fam­ily Fun and Fit­ness Night at Watkins Re­gional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Up­per Marl­boro, will be an evening for fit­ness and fun start­ing at 7 p.m. and a chance to see a free movie un­der the stars start­ing at dusk. Fri­day, July 15, the movie is “The Good Di­nosaur.” On Fri­day, Aug. 19, the movie will be “Aladdin.” July cel­e­bra­tions July is Na­tional Hot Dog Month. Happy July birthday on the 1st to Regi­nald H. Parker; the 4th, Zach­ery Cross, Dea­coness Sylvia Wynn-Brown and Towanda Jones; the 5th, Eve­lyn Perry; the 6th, Rosa L. Beatty; the 7th, Brit­tany Hussey; and the 13th, Dea­coness Margaret Mont­gomery.

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