With major renovations almost completed at the Charles Sumner Post #25 in Chestertown, the all-volunteer board under the direction of its first president, Nina Johnson, is looking to the future and there are a lot of projects afoot.
Part of the goal is to amplify their presence not only as a sanctuary and educational hub for African-American history, but to elevate themes to celebrate the diversity of our community, especially during an era when racial polarities have often reached reached a fever pitch.
And Charles Sumner Post #25, Grand Republic of the Army (GAR) has a newly minted identity—Sumner Hall—to help brand its new phase of development.
“After a lot of deliberation and charettes, we think its easier for people to identify with a shorter, core name,” Johnson said.
Here, Nina Johnson talks about how she came to be interested in the project, her insight into its mission and plans for the next year, including educational programs, outreach, entertainment, reaching out for volunteers and business partnerships.
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