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The Amazing Life of Jane Gates

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

She made things happen. As a laundress, nurse & mother in the late 1800s, Jane Gates defied the norm. On Saturday, February 18th @ 2 pm, professor and author Lynn Bowman will bring the story of Jane Gates just one street away from where Jane and her children lived. The Gordon-Roberts House will be open for you to explore the original 1867 servants quarters before and after the presentation.

Admission to the event and museum is free. Donations are welcome and will go toward local community heritage projects. Light refreshments will be available.

Lynn Bowman is on the board of The Jane Gates Heritage House in Cumberland, MD, an exciting up and coming community facility and museum; and has published vibrant titles about early African American life in Allegany County such as “Being Black in Brownsville” and “Living the Lie: Separate but Equal in Cumberland, Maryland”. See her most recent publication in the February issue of Allegany Magazine.

The Amazing Life of Jane Gates is brought to you in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s “The Way We Worked” travelling exhibit and Maryland Humanities. “How Working Lives have Changed: Allegany County, 1877-2017” will open February 4th through March 24th and will feature musuems, organizations and sites throughout Allegany County. For a complete listing, visit: http://alleganymuseummd.org/special-exhibitsevents/.

Get involved with the Jane Gates Heritage House community project: https://www.facebook.com/JaneGatesHeritageHouse/


February 18
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


The Gordon-Roberts House
218 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502 United States