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Who Was Aris T. Allen?

Visitors, especially those approaching Annapolis from the north and west, are invariably told to look out for signs pointing to Aris T. Allen Boulevard, one of the two most direct routes into the city. But few ever bother to learn the story behind the name. Aris T. Allen was a Republican…

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Historic Brewer Hill Cemetery

The study of cemeteries can be a fascinating window into the history of a community. Looking into the names, dates, and inscriptions is exciting for genealogy and history buffs. Where generations of families are laid to rest, there are stories to be told. The Cemetery Brewer Hill Cemetery, the…

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Margaret Crowner's Cook Shop, Galesville's Gathering Place

The Cook Shop The year is 1941. Picture yourself seated at a long table in a lively two-room restaurant, surrounded by friends and fellow workers. The red checkered tablecloth in the longer room is set with a small flower vase and well-loved dishware. A jukebox and lunch counter fill one end of…

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The Legacy of Wiley H. Bates in Annapolis

What better way to conclude Black History Month than highlighting one of the most prominent African American businessman and community leader in Annapolis: Wiley H. Bates. Born into slavery in North Carolina, Wiley H. Bates achieved his freedom through education, hard work, and dedication. He made…

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