Category Archives: People

Curiosity of Cheltenham

Oh, I know, some will tell me, “Cheltenham is not on the Eastern Shore,” and/or, “Oh yes, it was a reform school for African American youth in Prince Georges County, changed names and ownership, and was fraught with controversy,” etc., … Continue reading

Posted in Cemeteries, Maryland, People, Schools

Jopling’s Churches

If you are ever doing research on churches of Somerset County, Maryland, you might want to hunt down Churches of Somerset County, Maryland published in 2000. The book does not go into a lot of history detail of the churches … Continue reading

Posted in Churches, Maryland, People

1807 Runaway at Snow Hill

The business of property can be stark as related to the property of slaves. Historians are familiar with the usual evidence of people as property during the period of slavery — estate inventories, ads in newspapers for the return of … Continue reading

Posted in Maryland, People

Salisbury’s Famous Activist: Mary Fair Burks

Perhaps Salisbury, Maryland, ought to find a new way to honor the late Dr. Mary Fair Burks. That force of nature graced this city; she apparently graced a lot of places. A shout out to Bill Robinson of the University … Continue reading

Posted in Maryland, People

Salisbury’s Medusa

I have a philosophy that the present is just history in action.  When I first stared at this photo, printed in today’s Salisbury Independent, I had this odd feeling that I was watching history happening.  Not just because of the … Continue reading

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The pillory and the whipping post

In Delaware, the pillory and whipping post were not exclusively for African Americans, but the use of this form of punishment was used in that state well into the 20th century. The Delaware Archives provides this description. “The whipping post … Continue reading

Posted in Delaware, People

Salisbury’s Howard Birckhead

In 1983, Howard Hudson Birckhead, aged 91, died in Salisbury, Maryland. He was born in Rockawalkin to Levin and Mary Mame Birckhead.  Near the end of his life he was living on Tangier Street with his son and daughter-in-law, Earl … Continue reading

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