HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown has named a consultant to assess a collection of artifacts that one day will be housed at the Doleman Black Heritage Museum.
On Tuesday, the Hagerstown City Council agreed to hire Mary Beth Corrigan of Kensington, Md., to assess the collection, which includes slave bills of sale and mid-19th century quilts that former slaves made to commemorate their freedom. Part of Corrigan's role will be to assess the historic significance of the collection and recommend conservation strategies.
The artifacts were collected over the course of several decades from black households in Washington County by former Hagerstown resident Marguerite Doleman, who died in 2000 at the age of 79. Doleman kept the items in her North Locust Street home.
Doleman's friends and relatives, including her son, Charles "Sonny" Doleman, are in the process of finding a building to showcase the artifacts.