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The Community Projects of HdG, Inc., HdG Colored School Foundation is a nonprofit organization run by a dedicated group of volunteers committed to preserving the rich history of the HdG Colored School. We are looking for committed volunteers to add to our ranks.  If you are interested in joining our cause,  fill out the "Contact Us" form and tell us  how you would like to help.

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Ms. Patricia D. Cole


Patricia is a retired Army officer currently working in the Pentagon as a Department of the Army Civilian. She is a member on the board of the Historic Hosanna School Museum.   Her father, Mr. Bernard James Cole, attended the HdG Colored High School and was in the graduating class of 1949.   Patricia attended Aberdeen Senior High School and is a graduate of Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD.  She married to Brigadier General (Retired) Roosevelt Barfield and they have three children. 


Dr. Iris Barnes

Board Member

Iris is currently the Curator of the Lillie Carol Civil Rights Museum in Baltimore, MD owned by Morgan State University. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Historic Hosanna School Museum and has served on the board for 17 years.  Iris attended Aberdeen Senior High School and is a graduate of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. She received her Master’s Degree from Morgan State University, in Museum Studies and Historical Preservation and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in History, also from Morgan.  Iris’ mother and father both attended colored schools in the segregated South. Her mother, a native of Harford County, attended Swan Creek School, a Rosenwald Colored school in Aberdeen, MD.  Iris currently resides in Havre de Grace, MD, with her husband, Daniel Barnes. They have a blended family of five children and two grandchildren.   

Mrs. Carol Bruce

Vice President

Carol retired from the Aberdeen Proving Ground Ordinance Center & School as the Director of Resources Management in 2006.  Carol is a 1959 graduate of HdG Consolidated School, and a 1964 graduate of Morgan State College, Baltimore, MD, where she later received her Masters of Business Administration.   Her mother was a 1940 graduate of HdG Colored High School. Later, her mother and step-father became owners of Sawyer’s Chat N’ Chew in Havre de Grace. They owned and operated the establishment for more than 30 years.  Carol currently resides in Aberdeen, MD, with her husband of 42 years, Don F. Bruce. They have a blended family of three adult children, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mrs. Turshandah E. Cole

Board Member

Turshandah hails from Biloxi Mississippi. She settled in Havre de Grace, Maryland after retiring from the US Army with more than 20 years of military service. She currently serves as a Department of the Army Civilian. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, University College where she is pursuing a Master’s degree.  She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars. She is married to Terrence Cole and they have three children.

Mr. Emil Cromwell

Board Member

Emil is a retired special educator from Catholic Charities of Baltimore, MD. He began his professional career in the U.S. Army and later joined the U.S. Army Reserves. In his civilian capacity, he served as a social caseworker and later became an educator. Emil attended Havre de Grace Consolidated School in 1961, and is a graduate of Maryland State College (University of Maryland-Eastern Shore). He received his Masters Degree in Elementary Education from City College of New York. He also completed post-graduate studies at Coppin State College and Morgan State University.  Emil’s father, Mr. Horace Elkins Cromwell, was a 1932 graduate of the HdG Colored High School, and Emil’s grandfather, Mr. Abel Francis Cromwell, served as the principal of the school in the 1920s. Emil currently resides in HdG. He and his late wife, the former Lelia Watson, have two adult sons. 

Mr. Phillip Hunter, Esq.

Board Member

Phil retired as the Chief, Acquisition/Business Law Division, Office of the Chief Counsel, Research and Development Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Edgewood, MD. He held several legal and acquisition positions throughout his civilian and Department of Defense career.  During the 1960s, Phil was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama. He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and participated in many marches and demonstrations for equality, including the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, commonly referred to as “Bloody Sunday.”  As a result of his meritorious involvement in the Civil Rights movement,  Phillip was presented the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow.  Phil is a 1965 graduate of R.B. Hudson High School, Selma, AL, and a 1970 graduate of Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN. In 1973, Phil graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY, receiving a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree.  Phil currently resides in Bel Air, MD. He has been married for 44 years to his wife, Yvonne, and they have two sons, and one grandson.

Ms. Brittany Powell


Brittany is a native of Havre de Grace and attended Havre de Grace High School. She earned her Masters of Science degree from Bank Street College of Education in Leadership in Museum Education, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art in Painting with a minor in Art History. Her professional affiliations include the American Alliance of Museums; Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, Baltimore Emerging Museum Professionals Co-Chair, Institute of Museum and Library Services Peer Grant Reviewer, Maryland Art Education Association – Museum Division Director, and National Art Education Association. She is married to Greg Teitelbaum, a native of Havre de Grace, and they have two children.