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A Letter from Our Community
Last June residents of Meech Lake donated a number of items to a table at the Annual Anglican Church garage sale with the profits to go to Quail House. I volunteered for a while and was able to purchase a wonderful Batik of an African village. I knew immediately where it belonged. I wanted to let everyone know where this wonderful batik has ended up. I have given it to my good friend
Winston Anderson who lives in Montgomery County Maryland adjacent to Washington DC .
Winston recently received the following award from the County.
The Lifetime Impact Award went to Dr. Winston Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Howard University, who is founder and curator of the in the Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery’s African and African American Art Collection as well as president of the Historic Odd Fellows Preservation Committee.
“It is incumbent on my generation to do things that benefit succeeding generations,” said Dr. Anderson. “Both the Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery and the Historic Oddfellows Lodge are considered Heritage Museums. Both highlight the heritage of African American families for whom Montgomery County is their home. They display the rich and significant contributions that African Americans have made in the building of America, and they help bridge the information gap and inform all ethnic groups about the advantages of cross-cultural communication and diversity, as expressed through history, the arts and the humanities.”
Winston is an amazing person. He is one of 7 brothers who all became doctors. When they say he was the founder of the Sandy Springs Slave Museum. It does not really convey his involvement. He bought the land and had an actual slave house moved to the site and did much of the construction work himself and then went to Africa and collected a lot of artifacts for the Museum. He also donates much of his time opening the museum and giving tours to school children.
Winston has in the past received a Presidential Award for mentoring medical students, some of whom have gone on to become leading medical researchers in the search for new treatments for cancer.
The Batik which someone generously donated is being reframed and is going into the entrance hall in the African Art Gallery, so many thanks to the person who gave it to the garage sale. I am already thinking of what I can give myself to next year’s garage sale as Quail House is a wonderful residence where some of the less fortunate in our community have a good home and where my good friend Hughie
Happy Holidays to everyone.