Now in its third year, Historic Sotterley’s Common Ground Initiative continues with a weekend of programming this August.  This event will be held virtually on August 22nd from 1:00—2:30 pm: Transcending Narrative: The Art of Healing.

Merideth Taylor, Professor Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in theatre, dance, film, and the dramatic arts, will recall her experiences in a college theatre class presentation that transformed students into deeper empathy, understanding, and racial healing. Join us for an insightful exploration of the art of healing.

As an educator, Taylor uses her artistic talents to enrich others and promote racial healing through expression of body and mind with movement and theatre. Her latest book, Listening In: Echoes and Artifacts from Maryland’s Mother County, uses photographs of old and abandoned structures to connect to the landscape, people, and place. In 2009, she produced the film, With All Deliberate Speed: One High School’s Story, about the desegregation of Great Mills High School.

The mission of Sotterley’s Common Ground initiative is to bring descendants, community and partners together to provide education, resources, remembrance, and celebrate cultures to aid in healing; to help uncover and eradicate racism and discrimination in all forms; to promote social equality and justice through the interpretation of authentic history and its relevance to effect social change, while encouraging individual and group activism.

While this virtual will be held free to the general public, on-line registration will be required to participate.  Event details and registration links can be found at 

Historic Sotterley

Historic Sotterley, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the United States, with a history dating back to the turn of the 18th century.

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