Jumping the Broom celebrates African American wedding traditions
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.