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The Groove City Black Heritage & Culture Group began as a committee in March 2017,  The committee was formed to bring events to Pine Street area of Cambridge, MD as a collaboration with Downtown Cambridge Main Street.  The Committee included community members and other natives of Cambridge, MD, who no longer reside in Cambridge.  The Groove City Culture Fest was the first event hosted on Pine Street on August 16, 2017. This event was  well-attended the community and surrounding areas but also attracted many natives of Cambridge that no longer live here. The Groove City Culture Fest was the rebirth and celebration of "Black Culture Day" an event that was held in the 1970s for 6 years.  Groove City Culture Fest is a signature event that is held on the third Saturday in August.

Mission Statement

GCBHCG mission is to execute art and cultural events, workshop and activities to educate, unite and rejuvenate the historical essence of the African American culture and celebration in Groove City, Cambridge, MD.

We also work to support efforts to revitalize historic Downtown Pine Street, Cambridge,MD by creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to promote and advance their businesses.

Our Team

Veronica Taylor

She is the Executive Director/Board President.

She is a native of Cambridge, MD.  Veronica brings great leadership, creativity and vision to the organization.   She is very passionate and determined to move the organization's purpose forward in the community.  Her vision is that the organization will be the multi-disciplinary hub for creative excellence in the community.  

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Andra Blake-Jones

Andra is the Board VP.  She is a native of Cambridge, MD. 

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Sheila Jones

Sheila is the Board Treausure.

She was the initial Chair of the Groove City Culture Fest committee, which GCBHCG grew from.  She is committed to ensure continued growth via her reinvestment to bridge the gaps in the Pine Street District community.  

She is local business owner of a convenient store, Jones Mini Mart, LLC  and Rental Property Owner.

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Jamie Stanley

Jamie is the Board Secretary.  She has been very dedicated and committed to the organization, since the inception of the committee in 2017.  She is a native of Cambridge but lives on the Western Shore of MD and takes time out of her schedule to volunteer and be involved.   

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