FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum Holds Second Community Meeting on Rural Wallville Community

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David Buck

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Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum Holds Second
Community Meeting on Rural Wallville Community

Project Seeking Persons with Family Ties
or Knowledge of Community

(May 5, 2023) ST. LEONARD, MD – Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, with the help of funding through the National Park Service Civil Rights grant program, is looking for citizens to participate in sharing their knowledge of the Wallville community. Wallville, a small and once predominantly Black rural community in southern Calvert County near St. Leonard, has undergone many changes throughout the 19th and 20th centuries and into the present.

The museum’s "Witnesses of Wallville: Documenting a Rural Southern Maryland Community" project is seeking anyone with family ties or knowledge of the community to attend a meeting on Monday, May 15. Project staff will share the results of their research to date during the meeting.


Witnesses of Wallville Community Meeting


Anyone with family ties or knowledge of the Wallville community


Monday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m.


Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
The Pavilion (near Visitor’s Center, see map)
10515 Mackall Road (Directions)
St. Leonard, MD 20685









Family names common within the community include Bannister, Bourne, Bowen, Brown, Cassimore, Chase, Coates, Dare, Fowler, Fricke, Gott, Gross, Hardesty, Hooper, Jefferson, King, Mackall, Rawlings, Straiten, Wall, and Washington (among others). For more information, please contact Patricia Samford at (240) 925-2748.

The "Witnesses of Wallville" project is being supported in part by an African American Civil Rights grant from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior. The National Park Service's African American Civil Rights Grant Program funding helps preserve sites and history related to the African American struggle for equality.

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