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Doleman museum to be open Saturdays

February 09, 2009

The Doleman Black Heritage Museum will be open for tours each Saturday in February from noon to 5 p.m. No appointment is required. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

This is the first time in several years the museum has been open on a regular schedule. It has been available for tours on an appointment basis only.

The museum collection spans from pre-Civil War 19th century to early mid- and late 20th century. The Doleman collection is comprised of thousands of artifacts, including autographs, birth records, 450 books, deeds of human sale, dolls, figurines, furniture, magazines, obituaries, paintings, photographs, poetry, slave quads and statuary.

The late Marguerite Doleman started the museum in 1974.

She collected and displayed artifacts in her home that represented her heritage and the rich culture of black people in Washington County.

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The museum is at 540 N. Locust St. in Hagerstown.

For more information, go to www.dolemanbhm.vpweb.com.

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