We Stand Together on this Hollow -Ground Recognizing those who came before us ( Pleasant Hill Church/ School/ Cemetery ) on Red -Hill Keedyville MD > Rev Thomas W Henry : USCT : Civil War Veterans
In the News! Celebrating the life of Frederick Douglass
From our friends at Frederick Douglas Live
Mt. Harmony Elementary recently took a trip into the past when it hosted Frederick Douglass Literacy Night.
The Feb. 9 event featured poet, author and Frederick Douglass character actor Nathan Richardson, who spoke on education and civility. More >
Volunteers Needed to Clean-up Red Hill Cemetery
Calling all Volunteers – Help Clean-Up Historical Red Hill Cemetery
- April 1st, 2023, 11:00 am ’til 3:00 pm
- Refreshments provided
- Tools needed: Tree trimmers, Weed whackers, Pruners
- Volunteers from Hood College Archaeological Dept. / Boy Scouts of America
- Location: WEST of 5628 Red Hill Rd., Keedysville, MD
- Carpool from Keedysville Post Office rear parking lot 10:30 to 10:45 am
Following Video Courtesy DC News Now, from October 2021 article. (loads slowly)
Benjamin Malone, John R. Brown, and George W. Fisher all enlisted in September 1863 with the 2nd Regiment USCT, an infantry regiment based in Arlington, Virginia. The regiment was attached to the Department of the Gulf in Florida throughout its nearly three-year existence from November 1863 through January 1866. Benjamin Malone enlisted on September 9, 1863, in Baltimore at the age of twenty-one in Company F of the 2nd Regiment and was immediately appointed to the rank of Corporal, and later promoted to Sergeant. John R. Brown enlisted at the same time as Malone, also into Company F of the 2nd Regiment. He was enlisted as a Private but was promoted to Corporal one month into his service. George W. Fisher enlisted at the age of twenty-one in Baltimore on September 10, 1863, as a Private in Company I of the 2nd Regiment, USCT. Company I was among those who saw action during the February 1865 Battle of Fort Myers. George W. Fisher’s military record includes a notation that he was ‘free on or before April 19, 1861.’ A Keedysville-area farmer and slaveholder, Washington C. Snively, submitted claims for compensation for the loss of his two former slaves, George W. and John W. Fisher. Both claims failed. There is no record of John W. Fisher’s enlistment or service. Malone, Brown, and Fisher all mustered out of service in 1866 and returned to Red Hill.
Limited parking, so carpooling is necessary. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 304-539-1650 for more info.
The Tuskegee Airmen
Sixteenth in a series from AAHAWM honoring Black History Month
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first Black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. They made a significant contribution to the war effort and broke down racial barriers in the military. Today, they are celebrated for their bravery, dedication, and perseverance. As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important to honor these heroes and their contributions to American history.
The Tuskegee Airmen were trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. At the time, the military was segregated, and African Americans were not allowed to fly in combat. Despite these obstacles, the Tuskegee Airmen persevered, excelling in their training and proving themselves as capable and skilled pilots. They went on to fly missions in North Africa and Europe, earning numerous awards and distinctions for their service.
During the war, the Tuskegee Airmen flew over 15,000 sorties and shot down 409 German aircraft. Their success in combat was a testament to their skill and determination, and it helped to break down racial barriers in the military. After the war, President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981, desegregating the armed forces and laying the foundation for greater equality in America.
Today, the Tuskegee Airmen are remembered as trailblazers and heroes. Their legacy continues to inspire new generations, and their story serves as a reminder of the importance of perseverance, dedication, and breaking down barriers. As we celebrate Black History Month, we should honor their contributions to American history. Their story is an important reminder of the progress we have made, as well as the work that still needs to be done to achieve true equality and justice for all. 
Just Lookin’s 28th Birthday in Our Hagerstown Gallery!
Join us for Just Lookin’s 28th birthday in Our Hagerstown gallery!
- Anniversary Party
- Saturday – Monday
- February 18 to February 20, 2023
1:00 – 6:00 PM each day
Hard to believe it has been 28 years since we opened in our current location. To those of you that have been with us since 1990, thanks for listening to our dreams of the gallery that we wanted to grow. To all that have joined us since, thank you for becoming part of this amazing journey.
Most of all to our family of artists, it’s been all about you from the first thought to our current success, much love!
Lots of art and food to feast on!
Just Lookin’ Gallery
40 Summit Ave
Captain Robert Smalls
Fifteenth in a series from AAHAWM honoring Black History Month
Captain Robert Smalls is a true American hero and a pioneer of his time. Born on April 5, 1839 in Beaufort, South Carolina, Robert Smalls was enslaved by a local planter. However, despite the odds against him, Smalls did something truly remarkable – in the midst of the American Civil War, he commandeered a Confederate ship, the CSS Planter, and delivered its 16 black passengers, including women and children, to freedom .
Smalls’ bravery and quick thinking made him a war hero, and he became a famous figure in the black community. After the Civil War, he continued to make waves as a prominent leader in the Reconstruction era, including serving in both the state and national governments .
Smalls’ daring escape from slavery using a Confederate ship that he commandeered captivated the nation and inspired many in the Union to push for Emancipation. Smalls’ ability to pilot a Confederate naval vessel through the harbor defenses of Charleston, SC in May 1862 helped to convince President Lincoln and others that African Americans should be given the opportunity to fight with Union forces. Smalls would go on to command Union naval vessels during the Civil War and become an influential U.S. Congressman.
Captain Robert Smalls is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit, and serves as an inspiration to all who hear his story. He went from being a slave to a war hero, and then to a respected political leader, making a lasting impact on the course of American history. Let us celebrate this Black History Month by remembering the legacy of Captain Robert Smalls and honoring his contributions to our nation.