Submitted by Joyce Kilgore
The Federal City Alumnae Chapter’s Delta DEARS are about business. Most are retirees, but they are not slowing down. They are ready, able, and willing to live their lives to the fullest. At 62+, they do it all…including holding technology Zoom sessions to educate their fellow Delta DEARS. They’ve adopted DC residents in shelters and provided them with furnishings for their first post-Shelter homes. They have a robust Secret Soror program that builds bridges with younger sorors in the chapter.
Almost two years ago, they started planning an all-day trip to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to visit the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center. However, Covid-19 had its say, and they weren’t able to make the trip until very recently.
On Oct. 26, 2022, a busload of 55 sorors made the journey to Dorchester County, MD, to spend absolutely gorgeous day learning about an incredible woman in American history, Harriet Tubman. A local historian boarded the bus upon the group’s arrival in the area and spent the day with them sharing priceless historical nuggets he had learned while growing up in the area, and things he’d learned while interacting with Harriet’s family members and those that knew them. His presentation style, charming voice, and unbelievable textbook memory of so many untold until now facts had everyone captivated.
The group was met by a U.S. park ranger, who provided a short orientation on why the center is located where it is – in the middle of the woods (“it’s halfway between where she was born and where she grew up”) when arriving at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center. After a delicious lunch at Porter’s Soul Food Restaurant, a local black-owned restaurant, the group visited the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center, which houses irreplaceable historical documents, publications, and artwork devoted to her.
On one of the walls outside the building, there is a magnificent mural that has become quite popular. From there, this wonderful day ended with a stop at Layton’s Chance Winery. After a short tour through the vineyards and Tank Room, sorors were treated to a wide variety of tastings, including a popular red wine called ‘Freedom’ that was originally named “Harriet Tubman.”
A good time….a very good time was definitely had by all…and the DEARS can’t wait to get on the road again! Kudos to a great planning committee and a wonderfully, highly-skilled bus driver.