Enjoyable Day on the Hosanna to Hosanna Tour

The Hosanna School Museum in Darlington sponsored a popular bus tour, Hosanna to Hosanna on June 20, 2015

The trip led by Philp Merrill highlighted the shared history of Hosanna A.M.E. Church in Darlington and Hosanna A.U.M.P. Church, Lincoln University. Along the way, Philip talked about the routes connecting the two nearby places and the communities that developed around the churches.

This was a fascinating tour in an area steeped in history and we heard about many untapped stories as Philip talked about the Underground Railroad, Freedom Seekers, the growth of communities, the faith community, and the alumni at Lincoln University.

For lunch, we departed from Lincoln University and visited Oxford, where we paused for a break at Flickerwood Wine and Twisted Treats. What a wonderful shop we were introduced too. We’ll be back there soon.

Thank you Philip for presenting excellent, largely unknown narratives in these connected communities.

Part of the group on the Hosanna to Hosanna bus tour.

Part of the group on the Hosanna to Hosanna bus tour.

Pastor Warren of Hosanna A.U.M.P. Lincoln University

Pastor Warren of Hosanna A.U.M.P. Lincoln University

Phillip Merrill talking to the group about the history in the cemetery.

Phillip Merrill talking to the group about the history in the cemetery.

At Hosanna A.U.M.P., Lincoln University

At Hosanna A.U.M.P., Lincoln University

 

Hosanna to Hosanna Bus Tour Led by Dr. Philip Merrill, June 20th

The Hosanna to Hosanna bus tour is coming up next Saturday (June 20, 2015).  Lead by Dr. Philip Merrill, this trip will highlight the shared history of Hosanna AME Church in Darlington, MD (founded in 1835) with Hosanna AUMP in Oxford, PA (founded in 1843). Hosanna AUMP was the foundation of the free black community that developed into Lincoln University (1854), the first historically black college in the U.S. Sites reflecting the Underground Railroad, Civil Rights demonstrations, and other points of interest will be explored along the way. Lunch included. (Complimentary seating at Flickerwood Wine Cellars. Gift Shop available.)

As the Hosanna School Museum prepares for the trip, we thought you might enjoy a few photos of Hosanna AUMP in Oxford, PA.

Click here for more details on the tour.

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Hosanna AUMP, Oxford, PA.

Hosanna AUMP, Oxford, PA.

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Hosanna AUMP, Oxford, PA.

Hosanna AUMP, Oxford, PA.

Join us as we celebrate “Juneteenth!” — Hosanna to Hosanna Bus Tour, June 20, 2015

Mr. Merrill is an author, appraiser on Maryland Public Television’s Chesapeake Collectibles, and historian/ consultant with Lincoln University. This trip will highlight the shared history of Hosanna AME Church in Darlington, MD (founded in 1835) with Hosanna AUMP in Oxford, PA (founded in 1843). Hosanna AUMP was the foundation of the free black community that developed into Lincoln University (1854), the first historically black college in the U.S. Sites reflecting the Underground Railroad, Civil Rights demonstrations, and other points of interest will be explored along the way. Lunch included. (Complimentary seating at Flickerwood Wine Cellars. Gift Shop available.)

Donation/Tickets: $40.00 Pay online through PayPal or a credit card under the “Get Involved” button on our website.   (Type “Hosanna to Hosanna” in the “special instructions” box.) Or mail a check payable to Hosanna Community House, Inc. Space is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance by June 12, 2015.

Hosanna to Hosanna, June 20, 2015

Hosanna to Hosanna, June 20, 2015

For more information, contact: Sharoll Love, 443-866-6250 or Iris Barnes, 443-243-4219

Rev. White of Bethel A.M.E. Urges Families to Document History

CONOWINGO, Maryland, May 20, 2014 — The concluding program observing the 150th anniversary of emancipation in Maryland paid tribute to the memory of those who sought or fought for freedom from slavery.  On this Saturday in mid-spring, spiritual and cultural leaders on the shore of the Susquehanna River in Cecil County, honored ancestors, planted a tree, and poured libations, while acclaiming the lifework of those who struggled to free themselves and the country from slavery.

Spirituals and freedom songs set the atmosphere, as the Rev. Brenda White of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church offered reflections for “Gather at the Banks.”

Rev. White’s words, containing a call for action, were inspiring.  “Not much is written and we are at a point where even those who were around in World War II are transitioning from us,” she said while urging people to record their own history and document their experiences for future generations.  “So it becomes our calling at family reunions and holiday gatherings to capture the voices of those that were before us.  We’ve got digitizing now.  Get their voices, so that their great, great, great-grandchildren will know about the times.  Ask them for their photographs.  They got them somewhere and begin to put the stories and the history together.  Get the oral history and write it down,” she urged.

Rev. White, thank you for the stirring words and for being an advocate for making sure the stories of earlier times are carried forward in time.  It is so important that we trace and record the past as time moves rapidly on. This program was sponsored by Hosanna School Museum in Darlington and Harford Community College.  Click here to read more about the series and this event.

Hosanna Launches Photostream on Flickr

The Hosanna School Museum has launched a Flickr photostream.  On this new account you will find over 200 photographs from the recent program, “Gather at the Banks.”

Click here to go to the photographs

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On 150th Anniversary of Emancipation in MD, a Program of Reflection on the Banks of the Susquehanna River

Nearly 100 people assembled at the Hosanna School Museum for a unique program of journey and reflection May 10.  “Gather at the Banks” a culminating program commemorating the 150th anniversary of emancipation in Maryland honored the memory of those who sought or fought for freedom from slavery in the United States.

Wrapping up a season series, the “Faces of Freedom” the morning opened with an engaging program at the old Hosanna Schoolhouse.  Following songs and voices of freedom and a Harriet Tubman interpretation by Janice Green, people gathered on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Cecil County.

Alongside the waterway, a route north to freedom, local spiritual and cultural leaders honored ancestors by planting a tree in their memory, pouring libations and acclaiming the lifework of freedom seekers, abolitionists and others who struggled to free themselves, others and our country from slavery. Spirituals and freedom songs set the atmosphere.

Once the waterside memorial program was completed, guests moved back to Hosanna for group reflections, light refreshments, and a closing poem.

Hosanna Committee Works on Plans To Gather at the Banks on May 10

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On Saturday, May 10, 2014, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosanna School Museum is hosting a unique program, “Gather at the Banks.”

The public is invited to join in a program of reflection as the “Faces of Freedom” series wraps up.  Once people Gather on the banks of the Susquehanna River local spiritual and cultural leaders will honor our ancestors by planting a tree in their memory, pouring libations and acclaiming the lifework of freedom seekers, abolitionists and others who struggled to free themselves, others and our country from slavery. Spirituals and freedom songs will set the atmosphere.

On this beautiful Saturday in mid-spring the Hosanna volunteers were busy working out the details for May 10th.  Click here to read about the full schedule.

Hosanna School’s leadership team and volunteers working out the details for “Gather at the Banks” of the Susquehanna River.

Hosanna School’s leadership team and volunteers working out the details for “Gather at the Banks” of the Susquehanna River.

 

WBAL TV – Exhibit Details Harford County’s role in ending slavery

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Bel Air, MD – A new exhibit in Bel Air explores the role Harford County and the Upper Chesapeake played in the fight to end slavery.

From daring escapes to bravery on the battlefield, the Faces of Freedom exhibit shares an important part of American history.

Individual stories of those who fought for or who sought freedom come together in the collection that’s being displayed in six galleries in the Hays-Heighe House on the campus of Harford Community College. The exhibit details Maryland’s role in the national abolitionist movement.

Marc Steiner Show Talks About Faces of Freedom

The April 2, 2014, Marc Steiner show spotlighted “Faces of Freedom: The Upper Chesapeake, Maryland, and Beyond,” a project (including an exhibit, performances, and lectures) that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Maryland Constitution of 1864, which ended slavery in the state. The initiative, organized by the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College in collaboration with Hosanna School Museum, focuses on freedom, slavery and emancipation before, during and after the Civil War. The centerpiece of the project is a play, Susquehanna to Freedom. Marc’s guests are: Iris Leigh Barnes, coordinator of the Hays-Heighe House; and Dr. Dorothy E. King, a playwright, who is a professor at Penn State University Harrisburg.

Click here to go to see the full post on Marc’s page and to listen to the broadcast.

Gather at the Banks, May 10th

Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosanna School Museum, Darlington

Gather with us on the banks of the Susquehanna River as local spiritual and cultural leaders honor our ancestors by planting a tree in their memory, pouring libations and acclaiming the lifework of freedom seekers, abolitionists and others who struggled to free themselves, others and our country from slavery. Spirituals and freedom songs will set the atmosphere

This program is part of the  “Faces of Freedom” series, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Maryland Constitution of 1864 which ended slavery in the state. The project focuses on freedom, slavery and emancipation before, during and after the Civil War. It features individual stories of enslaved persons who freed themselves by running away, joining the Union Army and other methods, and of people who helped freedom seekers and those who worked to abolish slavery.

Click here for complete details on the program.

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