I’d also like to share information about other events we have planned as we continue to reopen the City. The first is a Juneteenth event on June 19 in Annapolis. Alderwoman Finlayson has been very involved with the planning of this event, and I want to thank her for her work in bringing this celebration to Annapolis.
Juneteenth is often referred to as America’s Second Independence Day. It is a holiday that began in Texas when enslaved persons learned of their Emancipation on June 19, 1865, two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered, and two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Over the years, Juneteenth has become a more significant holiday. In 1979, the State of Texas made it a paid Texas state holiday. In the 1980s and 90s, it gained popularity and became more widely celebrated. Most states now recognize it in some fashion, either as a state holiday or as a ceremonial observance. The City of Annapolis, as of 2020, has recognized Juneteenth, or “Freedom Day,” with a proclamation.
This year, the Annapolis Juneteenth Committee will host the event with a VIP event at MC3 on June 18, then a parade on June 19 that will start at City Dock, a site of significant importance because it is where enslaved persons were brought to America. From there, a parade will go up to Maryland Hall, and there will be family-friendly activities at the Bates Athletic complex.
For more information on Juneteenth, please visit www.AnnapolisJuneteenth.org.
Black Wall Street
My office, along with the office of County Executive Steuart Pittman, will be hosting a Black Wall Street event on May 30. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Greenwood Massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was one of the most successful, established, and wealthiest Black business districts in the nation. A massacre was carried out by mobs of white residents, with 800 people hospitalized and more than two dozen killed.
That happened between May 31 and June 1 in 1921.
On May 30, 2021, the event in Annapolis will take place at People’s Park and will feature local black-owned businesses and local artists and musicians. If you want more information or want to get involved, contact Adetola Ajayi in my office at 410-972-6257.
Resource Centers in Robinwood and Harbour House
On Friday, May 7, we cut the ribbon at two new resource centers - one in Robinwood and the other at Harbour House. I want to thank everyone who made these two sites possible, including the Housing Authority for the City of Annapolis, which worked with HUD to permit two residential units to be used, Assistant City Manager Lyn Farrow, artist Comacell Brown, Police Chief Edward Jackson, Housing Authority Executive Director Melissa Maddox Evans, and many others.
At these sites, residents will be able to get access to resources and services. It is a place where our City social work team can connect residents to resources and services, not only from the City, but also from partners, like non-profit organizations. It will be a place to connect people to services like medical and mental health care, workforce development and job training, substance use reduction and prevention, childcare, food insecurity, elder care and domestic violence prevention, and much more.
We also welcome Erica Griswald to the social work team!
The resource centers are open to all residents of Annapolis. The locations are in Robinwood, at 1453 Tyler Avenue, and in Harbour House at 1155 Madison Street, Apt S-4. Call Erin Lee, the Social Work Care Coordinator, at 410-562-0169.
Get a Vaccine!
We can continue on this path of returning to normalcy, as long as we continue getting residents vaccinated. Please get a vaccine.
Appointments are no longer required at all locations. In Annapolis, show up at Pip Moyer Center on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., that’s 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis.
The mass vaccination site at Navy Stadium is open in the mornings for walk-ups, or you can get an appointment at massvax.maryland.gov or call 855-634-6829.
We have community clinics in convenient places like local churches, run by our take care team, call 443-875-2261 to find out more.
You do not need to be a citizen. You do not need insurance. The vaccines are free and safe and protect you and your loved ones from this deadly virus.
In addition, Anne Arundel County Public Schools is offering vaccine clinics for eligible students. The public library is offering vaccines at the Library at the Mall. Evening appointments are available at Anne Arundel Community College. Visit aacounty.org/covidvax for more information!