The building originally served as home for the local interracial chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War veterans' organization. With a national membership of 500,000, the GAR was as important in its time as the American Legion. While the national organization accepted members of both races, there were separate posts for black and white veterans in local communities. Learn More about the photo and the Grand Army Republic on The Radio show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thegistoffreedom/2010/05/23/barry-anthony-black-historical-document-collector ~ the The Sumner Post, built by Frank and Jesse Duyer in 1908, is one of two black GAR buildings still standing. At best estimates, some 400 black soldiers from Kent County served with the Union army during the Civil War. The funds will be used to purchase and restore the early 20th-century building at 206 S. Queen St. that was once a meeting place for black Civil War veterans from Kent County. Raimond also credited "leaders of the African American Community, Town of Chestertown, Kent County Department of Tourism and Economic Development, Main Street Historic Chestertown, Preservation Incorporated, Washington College students in SIEF, and many other interested citizens, from near and far" for their contributions to the project.Raimond also credited "leaders of the African American Community, Town of Chestertown, Kent County Department of Tourism and Economic. http://www.stardem.com/article_de01c32c-d898-5403-9d33-9476f5e99a6c.html
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