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Letter to the Editor- Sept. 21

September 20, 2011

Fulton's donation to museum keeps dream alive

To the editor:

I read with great joy a story that featured a hearty recognition to a man with an unselfish heart. I grew up and graduated from the public school system in Hagerstown. As a youngster, I knew of a community of tight-knit people who truly cared about one another. My success in life was centered around role models like the Doleman family. It was so great to be a part of my community with so many concerned people. We were a family.

For many years, there has been an effort to tell the story of this small Western Maryland African-American community through a display of close to 5,000 artifacts that were carefully collected and stored in a house. In viewing these artifacts, it is clear they were compiled with love. While there are many organizations and nonprofits that could assist in this effort, along came a man who contributed the matching fund to help find a home for this magnificent display. Ad Fulton will be shown great favor for what he did.

How can we thank this giant of a humanitarian? I wonder if he really knows how much hope he gave to the citizens of our community. I wonder if he knows how many people cried with joy because of his benevolent heart. Del. John P. Donoghue, my friend and colleague, was successful in extending the deadline for the grant request to 2012. Even though this was a challenge, Donoghue needs to be commended for his diligence.

I can't say thank you enough to Fulton for supporting such a worthy cause that will benefit all of the citizens in Hagerstown. I wonder if there are other businesses and organizations that are willing to contribute and lend their support. This includes churches.

A thunderous applause goes to Alesia Parson McBean, Janice Kelsh, the wonderful Doleman family, the board of directors and all who love and support this marvelous project. I look forward to great outcome because a higher being is in the plan.

Sen. Joanne C. Benson

D-Prince George's

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