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Brenda McKelvin and Jo Mimms will present, "Introducing Mr. Duckett: From Slave to Sailor to Citizen." The exhibit puts substance to a name from history: Mr. Charles Duckett, who served as a soldier and sailor during the 'War Between the States.' Recent scholarly efforts have added to the research on the U.S. Colored Troops, and now Landsman Charles Duckett's story may be added to that collection. Mr. Duckett is attributed as the owner and builder of a log cabin - constructed shortly after the Civil War — which is now restored and situated in Patuxent Park's Rural Life Museum, referred to as the Duckett Log Cabin.


Brenda McKelvin


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Jo Mimms (left), and Brenda McKelvin (right).
An historic interpreter with MNCPPC, has developed an interpretive program at the restored Charles Duckett Log Cabin, located in the Patuxent Park Rural Life Museum in Croom, reflective of African-American rural county life of the late 19th century. She appears in the online site description of the cabin and is featured on a mural heralding the African-American Experience in Prince George's.

Jo Mimms

An historic interpreter with MNCPPC, works with Brenda at the Duckett Log Cabin to help bring to life those voices from the past. Both women can be seen most weekends between April and October at the cabin, often cooking in its open hearth.

Michael Twitty

A culinary historian focusing on the foodways and culture of enslaved African Americans, is joining us for a second year at the Juneteenth Celebration. He will be preparing a few regional 19th century recipes that would have been popular among African Americans at the time of the original Juneteenth. This summer, Michael will be traveling to Oxford University to deliver a paper on African American foodways at the 2010 Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery.