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July 18, 2004
Black history museum reopens
by WANDA T. WILLIAMS ()
HAGERSTOWN - The Doleman Black History Museum has reopened to the public
after a hiatus following the death of museum founder Marguerite Doleman.
She may be gone, but her legacy lives on at her Locust Street home that houses
Washington County's black history museum.
The walls in the dining room are lined with wallpaper depicting scenes of slave
plantation life, said Doleman's son, Charles "Sonny" Doleman.
"The wallpaper was here when we moved in," he said. "It's like this house was
meant for my family."
Doleman said his mother
spent 28 years collecting
historical artifacts and
information on the cultural
contributions of blacks in
Doleman said the museum originated in 1972 with a two-week black
history display in the basement of the family's home.
"Some former students from North Hagerstown High School asked my
mom to organize a black history display," Doleman said. "She never
took it down, and it mushroomed throughout the whole house."
"And I never got my room in the basement back," he said, laughing.
Doleman said his mother had a passion for history for as long a