About

You can contact me by emailing me at lindaduyer1@yahoo.com

Welcome to my blog/website.

I am an amature local historian with a concentration in Delmarva African American history.  I have held a number of volunteer positions with the Nabb Research Center at Salisbury University; the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference held annually in Cambridge, Maryland; the Chipman Foundation of Salisbury, and for numerous independent projects.

I have compiled two books so far, One Kind Favor, African American Burial Sites of Dorchester and Wicomico Counties, Maryland, 1997, and ‘Round the Pond, the Georgetown Neighborhood of Salisbury, Maryland, 2007.  I’ve been involved in a number of behind-the-scenes Delmarva African American research projects including but not limited to:  Delmarva Rosenwald Schools and earlier schools, lynchings of Matthew Williams and George Armwood, oral histories.

Currently I am working on completing a book.  The title keeps changing, because I keep changing my mind, but most likely it will be entitled Mob Law on Delmarva, Cases of lynchings, near-lynchings, and legal executions.  There is also some intriguing research popping up about the African American history of Ocean City, some interesting information coming to light from some researchers in Ocean City.

Looking at the above lists, I realize my interests have extended beyond those on a host of miscellaneous topics.  I have freelanced a little, contributing a few articles for the Dorchester Banner on a variety of subjects.  I have been blessed with information provided to me by others.  One find is thanks to Jefferson Boyer who brought to my attention that Frederick Douglass had lectured in the Wicomico County courthouse as a fundraiser, which turns out to have been a fundraiser for the John Wesley M.E. Church of Salisbury, the building now the Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center.  Other finds included a treasure trove of old photographs from the Wicomico County Board of Education, photos that were in danger of destruction or loss, photos I convinced them to contribute to the Nabb Center archive.  And through Jefferson, I was blessed to gain a glimpse inside the old cabin on the Brown property in Tyaskin.  There were many other blessings and I welcome them all.

I believe everyone on Delmarva and beyond should learn about and appreciate the African American history of this region, for it is a history of all the people of the Eastern Shore.  Some of this history can be difficult to face, but it is the facing it that makes us all stronger and more empathetic towards others.  And it is the facing of it that can affect change.  My interests have always been about the under documented, particularly of people who often don’t get written about in local histories or the information is either in error or gives an incomplete view of the Eastern Shore.  I love the stories, the photographs and learning new things.  If you find errors in my information or have something to contribute, feel free to contact me.  And I urge others to write their histories, for they are all fascinating.

Linda Duyer, Salisbury, Maryland