Meet Florence Sherwood

It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of the team bringing the Ruth Starr Rose exhibition to Easton, where the artworks of a strong, progressive woman 86 years ago are as alive and meaningful to our community today as ever.

On Thursday, Florence Sherwood of Talbot County marched up the steps of the Armory into the exhibit looking for a photograph. Of course we knew exactly what photograph she was talking about. Listen to her story here, of the day 59 years ago that some 30 people from the tiny African American Talbot County villages of Copperville and Longwoods were invited for a tour of the White House by President and Mamie Eisenhower.

Florence was 15 at the time of her visit, the same age that Ruth Starr Rose was when she arrived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland from Wisconsin at the turn of the last century. Rose was as wide-eyed at the culture and world she found here as Florence and her group must have been at the White House in 1957.

<p><a href=”″>Chesapeake Journal – Meet Florence Sherwood</a> from <a href=”″>Kathy Bosin</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


~ by kbosin on May 21, 2016.

2 Responses to “Meet Florence Sherwood”

  1. How lucky Terry and I were to be there that day at just the right time. Such a delightful lady. Suzanne

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

  2. I thought I might beat Suzanne to the punch and be the first to reply! That made the exhibit even more special. So glad you got it on video and shared. Thanks Kathy.

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