This year’s celebration of Juneteenth in Carroll Co. featured a documentary on the black churches in the area

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This year’s celebration of Juneteenth in Carroll Co. featured a documentary on the black churches in the area

In the last several meetings of the Carroll County NAACP, we have discussed Juneteenth.

June 30th, 2017 by Kevin E. Dayhoff

Westminster Md. – This year the Juneteenth celebration in Carroll County, June 19th, 2017 at the Carroll Arts Center, featured a special premiere screening of “The Rock of our Ancestors,” a Community Media Center (CMC) produced documentary about the origins, history, and impact of Carroll County’s small, African-American Churches. For more information go here:

According to the April 27, 2017 minutes of the Carroll County NAACP: “It was mentioned that the Community Media Center and the CC NAACP will partner in an upcoming event involving a movie that has been made about the history of the Black churches in Carroll County.

The event will take place this year on June 19th, 2017 at the Carroll Arts Center

For those not familiar with Juneteenth, it is a celebration of the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching Galveston Texas and being publicly announced by Major General Gordon Granger on June 19th, 1865 – two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had been signed on January 1, 1863.

To watch a short trailer of the documentary film on the black churches in Carroll County go here:

According to Sherry Taylor with the Carroll Community Media center, “Throughout our history, the church has been the cornerstone around which people have gathered to build their communities. It is the rock of faith that sustains us in times of uncertainty, the foundation that supports us as we grow, and a touchstone to guide us day-by-day.

“But, some of our small churches are finding themselves on shifting sand, facing an uncertain future. Shrinking congregations, competing interests, and financial pressures create significant challenges in their survival.

“Carroll County’s houses of worship not only serve as a source of strength and comfort, but also have been vessels of history; some tracing their roots back over 100 years.

“For these parishioners, the loss of the church, is the loss of their legacy. Today, it’s not just the building or the congregation that is at risk, it is the very heritage of their ancestors and the identity of an entire community that is at stake.

I recently wrote an article on Juneteenth that appeared in the Carroll County Times – “Time Flies: June 19 is Juneteenth Independence Day,” by Kevin Dayhoff June 16, 2017.

“June 19, is “Juneteenth,” a relatively little-known holiday in approximately 45 of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia. In June 2011, when I first wrote about the importance of Juneteenth and advocated that Maryland recognize ‘Juneteenth Independence Day,’ only 38 states observed the holiday. Today, according to some recent research, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota and South Dakota still do not recognize the ‘19th of June.’ …”

Find the article here:

This year’s celebration of Juneteenth in Carroll Co. featured a documentary on the black churches in the area

This year’s celebration of Juneteenth in Carroll Co. featured a documentary on the black churches in the area


This Day in History: April 12, 1946 Permanent Auto Tags For Maryland

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Will Save $60,000 Annually, He Declares, To Use Two Plates

Democratic Advocate, April 12, 1946.

Governor Herbert R. O’Conor today announced his decision to provide permanent automobile registration tags for motor vehicles in the State.

Commenting on the new system, Governor O’Conor said; “This is the plan we intended to inaugurate a few years ago, but due to the war, and the shortage of metals, our plan had to be delayed. Now that aluminum for permanent plates is possible to obtain, I have decided to establish the new plan. It is generally agreed that the public will greatly benefit by the issuance of a permanent plate. The new plates will be in duplicate, as they were in pre-war years, and will of course be attached to the front and rear of the car.  The two plate system was always very much more valuable, especially in Police work, where it has been very difficult to identify stolen or abandoned cars, or hit and run drivers, because the officer always had to be in the rear of the car to make his identification. Under the two plate system cars may be identified when approaching the officer”.

“Under the new system, every motorist, will retain his regular number and will always be able to identify his own car when approaching either from the front or the rear. This has been and could be increasingly difficult to do, because in the standardized types and makes of automobiles the many cars of the same make look identical when parked on the streets or parking lots.

Democratic Advocate, April 12, 1946. Annapolis, April 8 19460412 Permanent Auto Tags For State

This Day in History: April 12, 1946 Permanent Auto Tags For Maryland

Vehicle license plates long a topic of interest [Column] Eagle Archives

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On April 12, 1946, Maryland Gov. Herbert O’Conor “announced his decision to provide permanent automobile registration tags for motor vehicles in the State,” according to a local newspaper.

The Westminster newspaper, the Democratic Advocate, reported O’Conor to have “declared,” that using two license plates on each motor vehicle in the state will “save $60,000 annually.”

More research is needed to understand how two license plates would save the state money.

“This is the plan we intended to inaugurate a few years ago, but due to the war, and the shortage of metals, our plan had to be delayed,” O’Conor said.

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One thing is for sure. A quick search of the Maryland General Assembly website indicates that license plates are a perennial hot topic.

During the 2013 regular session, for example, there were 11 bills proposed, ranging from providing special tags for “United States Armed Forces,” to changing the law so that only one “registration plate” would be required per vehicle.

For a number of years, the single plate legislation has been introduced by Del. Donald Elliot, a Republican who represents District 4B that includes parts of Carroll and Frederick counties.

In the session that concluded last week, legislators submitted eight bills for consideration, including Elliott’s.

The 2014 legislative initiative failed, after receiving an unfavorable report from the Environmental Matters Committee.

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Oriole baseball history includes loss to Westminster in 1885 [Column] Eagle Archives

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By Kevin E. Dayhoff, April 8, 2014 Baltimore Sun Carroll Eagle:

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Roses are red, violets are blue. I hate snow … and you should too.

For those with a bad case of chionophobia — a fear of snow — no worries, spring is near. We know this because last Monday was Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles.

After yet another unexpected Maryland snowstorm, the weather gave way to warmer temperatures and blue skies on March 31.

According to The Baltimore Sun, “a sellout crowd of 46,685 filled the ballpark” to see the Orioles defeat the defending world champion Boston Red Sox, 2-1.

Baseball has a long history in Baltimore. The current Baltimore Orioles franchise began playing baseball in 1954 in the old Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street, after it was announced on Sept. 28, 1953, that the St. Louis Browns were moving to Baltimore.

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Historian Jay Graybeal researched the event for the Historical Society of Carroll County several years ago and wrote, “One of the great stories from the County’s sports history is the June 1885 baseball game between the Westminster Base Ball Club and the Baltimore Orioles. …”

Graybeal quoted an old newspaper article which noted, “The Westminster Base Ball Club on Monday last, the 22d, won the most remarkable victory in their history, defeating (the) Baltimore team by a score of 9 to 7.”

On that same date in 1962, Boog Powell became the first player to hit a ball over the hedge in center field at Memorial Stadium, according to a book of Orioles history by Ted Patterson. Go Orioles.

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