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Award-Winning Jazz Artist Helping Raise Funds for Local African-American Heritage Museum

Award-Winning Jazz Artist Helping Raise Funds for Local African-American Heritage Museum
Marcus Johnson Coming to Hagerstown for Doleman Black Heritage Museum Concert on October 19

(Hagerstown, MD)- Jazz great Marcus Johnson is a well-known recording artist, and the critically-acclaimed performer will headline an October fundraising concert to help a local African-American Heritage Museum. According to Sonny Doleman, "This is a fundraiser for our community's legacy, to help preserve artifacts, and to help display this important collection."
The Doleman Black Heritage Museum's renown and historic artifacts are in the planning process of being inventoried, assessed, preserved, and also hopefully soon being relocated. Volunteers behind the museum's effort are working hard to have the significant collection on permanent exhibit, and are planning the October 19th fundraising concert.
Marguerite Doleman's collection has attracted the likes of the Smithsonian, and other well-known museums. However, the family and friends of the late-Mrs. Doleman, are following her wishes to keep the collection intact, and are planning to have it preserved and displayed in Hagerstown. Sonny Doleman said the museum is moving forward to showcase African-American artifacts from his mother's collection.
Some of the items include slave bills of sale and mid-19th-century quilts that former slaves made to commemorate their freedom. "This collection tells the story of African-Americans in Washington County, there are many pre-Civil War pieces of historical interest, and the October 19th concert will help the museum become a reality." Mrs. Doleman collected all during her lifetime, and displayed thousands of items in her home, including slave bills of sale, hundreds of rare books, dolls, furniture, figurines, birth and death records, mid-19th-century slave quilts, items owned by former slaves, and more than 100 buttons that portray Civil Rights leaders from Malcolm X to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sonny Doleman said the concert will be from 5 to 8 p.m. October 19 at the University System of Maryland-Hagerstown. Tickets are selling for $50, and are available at the door, and also ahead of time. For ticket information you may send an e-mail to:
"We believe that this will be one of many fundraisers to come," Doleman said. "Our community has welcomed this museum concept with open arms, and the Doleman family and friends are continuing to work to making the collection available for all."
The Doleman Black Heritage Museum recently became a 501(c)3 non-profit. The City of Hagerstown recently received a $15,000 grant from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority. Hagerstown is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, and the grant will help assess the Doleman Collection. Plans are to hire an expert in historical artifacts to assess the collection. In January, the Hagerstown City Council approved funds for a match of the heritage area grant, increasing the total funding to $30,000. "More funds are needed," according to Doleman, "We need to be able to provide enough support so that this project can move forward."
Doleman said expert help and professional curator experience is critically needed to save much of the collection which is more than 150 years old. "We're worried about deterioration, the clothing, documents and the quilts are a concern." Doleman said that with expert help, the collection can be saved for posterity. "If these are lost, they are lost forever."
The concert is being supported by the University System of Maryland-Hagerstown to help arrange the concert, and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is also sponsoring the October 19th fundraiser. "There will be food and refreshments, heavy hor de'oerves and a cash bar," according to Sonny Doleman.
People who want tickets may call Janice Kelsh at 301-797-7675 or Teresa Harman at 301-791-4826. Sonny Doleman said, "We have a limited number of tickets, and we're expecting all five floors of the university building to be packed with people - this will be a great concert!"
The Doleman Black Heritage Museum is moving forward to be an outstanding resource for historical information of African-American culture locally and nationally. The museum is working to be a beacon in conserving African-American culture. The museum is working to preserve and enhance the history and culture of blacks, and is a member of the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites, and supported by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, see:

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau -

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