The Stanley Institute (also known as Rock Elementary) is the oldest community owned African American one-room schoolhouse that is still intact in Dorchester County, photographed on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 in Cambridge, MD.
Built in 1865 near Church Creek, MD, The Stanley Institute was named for Reverend Ezekriel Stanley, the President of the first board of the Delaware Annual Conference of Methodist Churches. In 1867, the school was moved where it sits today in Cambridge, MD.
For 100 years, the school educated African American children in grades 1 through 7. In addition, many ministers who were a part of the Delaware Conference of Methodist Churches received their primary education at the Stanley Institute.
The Stanley Institute is one of the many historical sites located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The shore is well known for its beaches, seafood, and sailing. However, people often forget about historic sites such as the Stanley Institute, the wildlife refuges, the beautiful parks, and the farming community.
During a two day trip to the Eastern Shore, I spent some time looking into the history of the Underground Railroad and trekking through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge which played a significant role in the Underground Railroad. Along the way, I made a few other stops and captured some places and creatures of interest.
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Photos By: Anthony Washington
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