Snowy Walkabout in Annapolis

Even though it is March, Old Man Winter continues to hang on with strength. A full day of snow falling on the Chesapeake Bay kept things quiet on the roads.

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The Naval Academy Bridge stood strong against the falling snow flakes, leading me towards Annapolis.

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I went to say hello to Alex Haley. The Kunta Kinte Memorial is the only memorial in the U.S. that marks the actual place of where an enslaved African, Kunta Kinte, arrived in 1767. Haley sits there with an open book, telling the story to three children. It is the sharing of stories from generation to generation that keeps memories alive.

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Haley faces Annapolis harbor, well known as Ego Alley. A harbor that has continued to thrive as life changes around it.

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Walking in the snow towards the Maryland State House, the oldest state capitol dating back to 1772. For a short time, Annapolis was the nation’s capitol and congress met in the state house.

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A true leader in civil rights and the pursuit of liberty, Thurgood Marshall is remembered in a memorial adjacent to the Maryland State House. The first African American appointed in the U.S. Supreme Court, Marshall instrumental in the NAACP.
(source: http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/stagser/s1259/121/6259/html/0001.html)

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In the snow, Annapolis looks completely different. A place steeped in history with each footstep.

21 thoughts on “Snowy Walkabout in Annapolis

  1. Emily helps us to appreciate the wonderful sites and history that surrounds us everyday. She challenges us not to take these treasures for granted. Thanks again Emily.

    • You are so kind Herb, and I appreciate your wonderful comment. Truly, each little thing that crosses my path intrigues me. As you can tell, I am easily entertained. 🙂

      Bald Eagle festival next weekend – lets hope we don’t get rained out.

  2. I think I overlook the importance of Maryland in our history as a nation, thank you for bringing it so much to the light even as it’s covered in snow. Though I do think the snow here adds a lot of dramatic flair, especially to the storytelling session with Alex Haley. It would seem that Annapolis honors Civil Rights, at least to some extent. Thanks for sharing these telling pictures, and their nod back into history. The snow and diminished visibility provide a metaphor, I think, for looking into the past, especially one that’s tainted. Poetic I’d say.

    • How you manage to put into words the sentiment of what I feel and say always astounds me. Truly, Annapolis stands a shining star today, with such a macabre past. To know that Annapolis Harbor was a slave port back in the 1700’s is kept quiet, but ever present. In fact, this walkabout caused me to go and get the Roots series DVD as I only watched it when it was broadcasted way back when. One episode a week. The first one was already overwhelming with the reality of what had happened.

      How man can think it is alright to capture and enslave another human being truly escapes me.

      • That’s not exactly a fact for a city to be proud of but that’s where humility is supposed to come into play. Take up those facts with the ghosts who thought it was okay in the first place, otherwise all we can do is embrace the truth.

        Sounds like your day was quite inspiring. I’ve not seen Roots either but I know I need to. I think you’ve given me an added push to make sure I watch it. Frankly I don’t understand it either, how people can overlook another soul as if they’re some kind of inanimate object to be used. It’s disgusting really. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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