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A Visit to Verda’s Place

New exhibit pays homage to forgotten trailblazer

Maryland’s Verda Freeman Welcome became the first African American woman elected to a state senate.

      In 1962, Verda Freeman Welcome became the first African American woman elected to a state senate. Seven years later, she introduced legislation creating the first ethnic commission in the United States, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. In celebration of the Commission’s 50th anniversary, the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis is opening a new exhibition Verda’s Place: An Homage to a Valiant Woman.

         The exhibit introduces a civil rights leader who worked to eliminate racial segregation in all the places she felt unwelcome. Through memorabilia, photographs and archival documents, Verda’s Place hopes to inspire us to take our experience beyond the exhibition space and into our communities.

         Opening reception Friday, March 8, 6-8pm, Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, free: ­www.bdmuseum.maryland.gov.