Exploring Jonathan Street: History, Art, Imagination

May 21–September 11, 2022

Discover the history of Hagerstown’s historically Black Jonathan Street neighborhood in this exhibition that combines the artifacts and documentation from the log cabin at 417 Jonathan Street with contemporary art and community memories. The neighborhood’s own nationally-known artist Graff Dummy has been commissioned to create a contemporary artwork inspired by the history of Jonathan Street.

The story of the log cabin at 417 Jonathan Street has captured the attention and imaginations of people locally and nationally. The cabin has attained emblematic status as a symbol of both the history of the neighborhood and the value we can find in that history to help foster a stronger community in the present and future. Providing an immersive, thoughtful exploration of the cabin’s story, the exhibition will include artifacts excavated from the cabin site (most of which the community has only seen in photographs), enlarged documentary photographs of the cabin’s historic condition, and a contemporary art response.

Opening Event, Thursday, May 19, 6 to 8 p.m.  Get a first look at Exploring Jonathan Street: History, Art, Imagination while mingling with museum staff  as well as those whose hard work and dedication brought the event to life.


Exploring Jonathan Street opening event



Members’ Preview Day, Friday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Exploring Jonathan Street: History, Art, Imagination is open all day for members and press only. Take your time learning about the discovery of the cabin at 417 Jonathan Street and hear behind-the-scenes insights from museum staff.

Special 15-minute gallery talks at noon, 2 and 4.

Noon -  Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Curator Daniel Fulco will talk about the challenges of telling the complex story of the Jonathan Street Community through artifacts, and share a surprising connection he discovered to our collection.

2 p.m. –  Collections Registrar & Exhibitions Coordinator Sarah Wolfe will talk about the unique challenges of installing the exhibition and working with archeological artifacts.

4 p.m. Director of Education, Kellie Mele will discuss the museum’s collaboration with contemporary artist Graff Dummy and his role in telling the Jonathan Street story.

Not a member? Become one today by contacting Donna Rastelli at 301-739-5727 or drastelli@wcmfa.org.