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Preserving Annapolis's Heritage

July 13, 2023

Dear Neighbor,

It was an honor to attend the grand opening of the new and improved Dr. Mary Church Terrell Pavilion in Highland Beach last month! In 2022, I worked with the Highland Beach Community and my colleagues to secure $125,000 for the reconstruction of this historic site. I could not be happier to see it completed and years of planning come to fruition for Highland Beach.

The history in Highland Beach is remarkable. Dr. Mary Church Terrell's legacy in Highland Beach began the year of the community’s founding in 1893, when at the urging of their good friend Frederick Douglass, Dr. Terrell and her husband, Judge Robert H. Terrell, brought their Highland Beach lot next door to the Douglass' summer home.

Dr. Terrell was one of the first African American women to earn a college degree, and later became nationally known as a noted activist for civil rights and women's suffrage. The Douglass summer home is now the Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center. Dr. Terrell's descendants still reside in her home next door to the museum.

From the 1940s through the 1970s, residents enjoyed the original pavilion as a place to congregate, play cards, dance, and enjoy each other's company. However, due to beach erosion and a lack of funding, the original pavilion collapsed. For decades the residents of Highland Beach have been without their cherished pavilion, but their desire to rebuild remained. The new pavilion pays homage to the original structure and the community that gathered there, and I am thrilled to have assisted in funding its construction!


Treasurer Davis Announces Details on MD529

This week, Treasurer Davis announced that he will apply 6% earnings retroactive to the date of contribution for Maryland Prepaid College Trust (MPCT) accounts that were open and active on November 1, 2021.This announcement provides certainty to account holders that they will get earnings over and above what they are currently receiving. I know that many in District 30, and across Maryland, have been critically impacted by the disastrous management of the program. This decision is along-awaited step forward, and I appreciate the Treasurer’s dedicated effort to provide relief to families while managing the difficult job of determining the scope of the MPCT’s issues.

For more information about the announcement, and next steps for account holder’s, please visit the Treasurer's website here. Additionally, please feel free to email,, or call, 410-841-3211, if we can be of assistance to you on this issue.


Annapolis Blues Regular Season Champions!

Congratulations to the Annapolis Blues on winning the Mid-Atlantic Conference in their Inaugural Season! Annapolis is so lucky to have this team become part of the community, as evidenced by them breaking the National Regular Season NPSL Attendance Record in their home opener. Playoffs have started and the Blues won their first matchup 4-1! They move on to host the conference finals this Saturday at 7PM! For more information and to buy tickets, click HERE!


Historic Annapolis Virtual Lecture

Join Historic Annapolis next Tuesday, July 18th, at 7:30 PM for a virtual lecture on The Revolution’s POWs: Privateers, Prisoners, and Britain’s Black Holes.

Britain’s Royal Navy took 11,000 American sailors captive during the Revolutionary War. They spent months or years buried from the world in prisons in England, Ireland, and Scotland—held indefinitely under the terms of a 1777 law that designated them as pirates and traitors, not as official prisoners of war. This talk by University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell reconstructs their experiences. It uses as its case study the ordeal of William Russell, a privateer from New England who spent thirty months trying to escape from England’s Mill Prison before being transferred to Jersey, a de-masted prison hulk floating in Brooklyn Bay in British-occupied New York. On the Jersey, Russell has to fight for simple survival.

Tickets are $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members, Military, and HA Docents. Click here for advance registration


Community Fun Day for National Park & Recreation Month

Join Annapolis Recreation and Parks in recognition of National Park and Recreation Month for a free Community Fun Day at various locations throughout Truxtun Park! This year's theme is "Where Community Grows" and they are providing free opportunities for youth and adults alike to learn about local parks and recreation, and how to grow in YOUR community of Annapolis! For more information on the event, click here!


Park. Pay. Proceed. Getting Used to the New Hillman Garage

Last month, the long-awaited Hillman Garage renovation was completed! The new Garage includes new gateless technology that will allow drivers to seamlessly enter and exit the building without waiting in lines. I want to take a moment to highlight how it works so that you are ready to go for your next visit downtown!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Drive into the garage. No need to stop to get a ticket.

  2. License plate is recorded by the License Plate Readers at the entrance

  3. Find your favorite parking spot and pull right in.

  4. Payment is required within 15 minutes of entering the garage (ParkMobile, Text, or Pay Kiosk)

  5. You’re on your way (pay on the app or text and you’ll get a reminder when your time is about to expire. You can then extend your time or head back to your vehicle).

  6. Ready to leave? No gate. No ticket. No hassle. And nothing to slow you down. Just get in your car and scoot 🚗.

  7. License plate recorded on exit.

  8. You’re back on the road!

Click HERE for more details on all the features the new garage has to offer!


Maryland Hall's Wildhearts Academy Summer Camp

Wildhearts Academy summer camp at Maryland Hall!

Creative, fun, and engaging art activities through the lens of trailblazers!

Ages 5-9

7/31 - 8/3 - Be an Artist

8/7 - 8/20 - Be an Explorer

8/14 - 8/17 - Get in the Game

To read more about the programs and sign up, click HERE!


Celebrating Disability Pride Month 2023

Choose your next read from our lists of books written by or about the disability community! 📚

  • Check out our curated booklists, including titles for adults, teens, and kids!

  • Download eBooks and eAudiobook formats to enjoy instantly using Overdrive/Libby and Cloud Library.

  • Looking for more books written by ability-diverse authors? Use NoveList’s “Advanced Search” feature to generate a list of books by authors with specific identities.

  • Stream films featuring stories about people in the disability community via Kanopy


You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about volunteer opportunities, community resources, legislative updates and much more. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact my office by email at or by phone at 410-841-3211.

Stay safe and healthy,

Delegate Dana Jones

District 30A, Annapolis & Anne Arundel County


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