We as a nation are facing two illnesses, both very deadly: the COVID-19 pandemic and the long-time mistreatment and injustices endured by African Americans since our arrival in this country over 400 years ago. While we wait for the medical experts to create a vaccine for the virus, we need to rely on each other to cure the latter.

The senseless deaths of Mr. George Floyd and countless others have finally awakened the world to racial injustice in a profound way. Through a steadily growing catalog of videos, people worldwide witness in real time examples of brutal experiences African Americans have faced for far too long. Given this long history of injustices that continues to present day, the role of AARCH and our mission is even more apparent.

AARCH is prepared now more than ever to share our history in wholeness. We will continue to be the bridge, sharing first-hand experiences of African Americans in Frederick County. Our stories, experiences and contributions need to be told, and deserve to be heard.

As we continue our work with developing, designing, and funding the AARCH Heritage Center for African American History and Culture for Frederick County, we welcome support from all members of our community. Please visit our website (www.aarchsociety.org) to join us. We invite you to volunteer with us, collaborate with us, learn with us, and contribute to our mission: preserving and sharing the history of African Americans in Frederick County, so that we can all grow in understanding. AARCH welcomes you to be a part of the conversation, and to be part of the solution to the injustices that have thus far been inseparable from the story of who we are.

I commend the student organizers for putting together the peaceful March for Justice in Frederick on June 5 to honor the lives of African Americans that were taken at the hands of police brutality and to galvanize our community for justice. This was such a powerful moment that energized and brought so many people together. I commend all of the elected officials and law enforcement who walk with us in support of EQUALITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. My hope is that we will translate this outpouring of support and groundswell of awareness into concrete change for the better.

Continue to be safe and look out for one another.

David V. Key is president of AARCH (African American Resources – Cultural and Heritage) Society of Frederick.

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Mr Key,

Here’s another book that may be of interest. The story originates with a slave family in Frederick who were moved to Charles County. Musically gifted, their tune became synonymous with the confederacy. I don’t want to give away the story but it surprised me . I believe descendants still reside here.

‘Way up North in Dixie, A Black Family’s Claim to the Confederate Anthem’

Written by Howard and Judith Sacks, published in 1993.



400 years? 2020-1776 = 244. What you state is true, but let’s be more accurate when talking about the history of the US of A. As time passes the human condition has improved, but maybe not at the speed it should but it has. One day MLK’s vision will ring true, but it will take all of us to make it happen not just some of us.


400 years is not a exaggeration if you consider all the history of the New World. Of course you are right if you only consider when we became a nation.

Glad you agree that we need to do more.


I came across a interesting book, the ‘History of Carrollton Manor’, authored by William Jarboe Grove, published in 1928, regarding the early settlers of Frederick County among them Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the first to sign the Declaration of Independence and the last man to die of those who signed it.

The book included many interesting happenings throughout Frederick County, through the Revolutionary War, Mexican and Civil War, and as an early colonial settlement. What I was most surprised by it notes “Blacks”, as slaves ,freeman, later citizens of Carroll Manor, identified by name. Some where even given the respectful tittle of “ Mr.” and “Mrs.”.

I bet many of their descendants still live in the area.


I do not want to minimize the "ungodly" hardships that African-Americans suffered. Unfortunately I think recent events actually harden hearts. But not everything is black and white. I appreciate your comments. More like that are needed. We are not enemies. Let us hope we learn from the past to make a better future.


I don’t believe you could “harden” the hearts of the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans)/BTT(BullyTagTeam) and others of their ilk across the Nation any more than they have been since 1619. For every rioter/looter/agitator groups across the political spectrum there have been thousands and thousands of peaceful Demonstrators including those in our own Frederick County. But the RRR/BTT’s never mention them except to lump them in with the rioters/looters/agitators. That is the hurdle we face that has to change. And that means defeating White Supremacy. A good start would be to defeat their enabler, Donald John Trump.


Sounds like a very interesting read. Is it available anywhere? [ninja]


I was wondering that too.


Wasn’t looking for black history but local history. But here it is.

I found it also interesting the St Joseph Altar on Carrollton Manor, the Catholic Church in Buckeystown, was paid for by a member who happened to be “Black”. It’s still there. Check it out. There are African American Members of the congregation pre-civil war that were burKed in the cemetery.



I too hope that the events of the recent weeks have awakened America to the reality that 400 years of slavery and subsequent oppression of the Black people of our Nation is a fundamental flaw that continues as we speak. We must strive to attack and subdue the ugly voice of Racism and Bigotry that has lingered with a segment of our population and has risen during the past few years to threaten the very foundation of the ideals our Founding Fathers created to make us the strongest and most Democratic Nation in the World. But we must guarantee that every citizen, of any race or religion or political philosophy, has an equal opportunity to share in the bounty and freedom of being a citizen in the United States of America.


Mr. K ey,

Excellent article. It is a shame that more reasoned voices like yours do not dominate the conversation. As tensions escalate I feel a sorrow for the many, many decent people I know who happen to have a dark skin color.and have battled the injustices they have faced in life with grace and quiet determination. They are truly the ones that lived "Black Lives Matter" and were living examples.

But racism, the hate borne of differences, has once again reared it's ugly head and I am not sure the outcome will be positive. The "Black Lives Matter" movement has been hijacked. When statues are toppled indiscriminately and anarchy flares up in the cities the real protests seem to have developed into a full blown cultural war of which BLM is just a platform. Tangential issues such as God vs Science, Gay rights, freedom to chose rtc. are the real fuel for the fire in the violence as the American culture and our way of life is under attack.

The outcome is uncertain. Human nature, without the guidance of turn the other cheek, causes people to strike back when they are attacked. " EQUALITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL". Good words. When people speak of White privilege I picture the bodies of 23,000 Americans strewn across the farm fields of Antietam as the creel runs red with blood. They along with countless others from Gettysburg to Normandy have sacrificed their lives for that noble cause. I to am proud of my heritage.


[thumbup] jsklinelga.


JSK, you should have stopped with your first paragraph. Mr. Key did not mention Black Lives Matter, violence or anarchy anywhere in his column. He mentioned the peaceful protest in Frederick. In fact while there has been violence, looting and destruction of monuments during protests, they have been peaceful relatively speaking, given the numbers of people in the streets. He also referred to the AARCH Heritage Center and its' mission. So why the diatribe, JSK?



I commended Mr. Key but not the elements that have hijacked the recent protests. He mentioned the March. Here is a clip from the FN article: "Resolute in their cause, shouts of “Black Lives Matter!” mingled with honks from passing cars"


Don't forget the "peaceful" CHOP takeover of several square blocks of downtown Seattle. The peaceful graffiti sprayed everywhere. The peaceful shootings that left a young Black man dead and another in serious condition. How about the peaceful weekend shootings in Chicago last weekend that left 20 Blacks dead, including a 3-year old. How about all of those peaceful demonstrators that are trying to erase history by tearing down monuments - including US Grant? How about all of those small businesses peacefully looted and burned - many of them Black owned?



Bosco, you are venturing away from the import of the article written by Mr. Key.


Relatively peaceful? Relative to what? Do you have a TV? Does it receive news channels other than MSNBC or CNN? Frederick's demonstrations and protests were peaceful and even inspirational, but they were in no way comparable to what's going on the the major urban centers. Beware... The only thing that can ensure Trump of a second term is the mob mentality and acquiescence to it that is currently infesting large swaths of the country.


Veritas, do you really believe Trump can be saved?


I saw thousands and thousands of peaceful Demonstrators walking through cities all day long for 2 solid weeks. The rioters/looters/agitators appeared at night for about a week and disappeared. Much of the rioting was attributed to those answering the Facebook call of the Boogaloo Bois, a far Right group committed to starting another Civil War. NO Antifa groups were identified among the agitators. Comment about that veritas.


Ditto to what Phydeaux994 wrote, veritas. My eyes were wide open. Were yours?



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