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Crossing Over
  • November 6, 2022
  • Catoctin Furnace Historical Society
  • 12625 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788
  • 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Free admission

    Harriet Chapel and The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society announce Crossing Over, a concert to honor the legacy of the enslaved people who lived and labored at Catoctin Furnace. The concert, which is free to the public, will take place on November 6, 2022 at 4pm at Harriet Chapel, 12625 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. Shana Oshiro, Jodi Beder, and Edmond Charles will present newly arranged and improvised spirituals that will increase awareness in and beyond Frederick County of the history of slavery and provide an accessible and unique experience of music arts. An accompanying art exhibit featuring original works by Vincent Stringer will be on display in the adjacent parish hall.

    Harriet Chapel, a structure likely built by laborers held in bondage by furnace owner John Brien, will provide a powerful backdrop for the concert. Archival evidence has revealed that men and women enslaved by furnace owners worshipped in and held baptisms, marriages, and funerals at Harriet Chapel. The pieces presented in Crossing Over will connect the audience to the deep and painful history from which spirituals arose and the church setting will serve to recall the deeply troubling connection between Christianity and slavery within our nation and within the village of Catoctin Furnace. The spirituals presented in Crossing Over will express the longing for liberation from the horror of enslavement well as the human longing for connection to a divine source and for freedom from the suffering we all endure in creating and discovering meaning in our human existence. In a time where the nation is deeply divided over our collective history this program will profoundly resonate with audiences and bring special attention to the specific history of slavery at Catoctin Furnace