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Doleman Black Heritage Museum gains $150,000

December 14, 2009

HAGERSTOWN -- The Doleman Black Heritage Museum in Hagerstown will receive $150,000, U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin's office announced Sunday.

The $150,000 was included in the omnibus appropriations measure passed by Congress, Cardin's office said in a news release.

Cardin toured the Doleman collection in April.

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.

The collection features clothing, household goods, photographs, documents and paintings used by Washington County black households in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Doleman's friends and relatives, including her son, Charles "Sonny" Doleman, are in the process of finding a building to showcase the artifacts, The Herald-Mail has reported.

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Charles H. Doleman, listed as president on the museum's Web site, did not return multiple calls regarding the museum's future plans.

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