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The Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage News Article March 29, 2007

The Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage Celebrates Woodbine Heritage


On the last Thursday of March and just in time to usher out Women’s History Month, the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage was the site of a full assembly of town and gown.

Designed to honor the accomplishments of two significant women from the community, the museum presented the first "Annual Sheroe Award" to Julia L. Hankerson, a fourth generation Woodbiner and Owner/Chief Executive Officer of the Woodbine Wellness Center.

Mrs. Marjorie Freeman Rosenfeld, a retired educator who spent thirty years in the Woodbine School System, was given a "Lifetime Achievement Award" for her tireless commitment to the community.

Both boasting résumé’s of impressive accomplishments, Mrs. Rosenfeld taught Ms. Hankerson in the 4th grade at the Woodbine Elementary School.

Mrs. Rosenfeld, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in 1937, met and married Woodbine native Maynard Rosenfeld in 1943. After settling in Woodbine and beginning to raise a family of a son and daughter, she agreed to be a temporary teacher in 1954 until the school board, on which she served, could find a replacement. She retired from teaching in 1984. Now approaching her 88th birthday, Marjorie serves as the unofficial town historian and volunteers her time as a docent and lecturer at the Sam Azeez Museum.

Julia L. Hankerson, MSW, LCSW, a fourth generation Woodbine native was presented with the first "Annual Sheroe Award." Currently a PhD candidate at Walden University in Baltimore, Julia was locally educated and went on to receive her BA in Psychology from Lincoln University and her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. A practicing psychologist, Julia traces her lineage from slavery through her paternal great grandfather who was one of 27 children.

Born to Clara and John Hankerson. He was purchased by Swedish ship builders and eventually settled in Georgia until he was freed in 1863.

Devotion to the land, building community and focus on education has been a priority in the Hankerson family for generations. Julia’s return to her native Woodbine to establish her business is a model example of commitment to the future of the community.

A highlight of the program was the "Sheroe Essay Contest," sponsored by the Museum in conjunction with the Woodbine Elementary School. All the students from grades three through eight were invited to compose an essay about the woman who has made an indelible impression on their lives. Boys and girls alike, more than one hundred and thirty students received certificates of merit for their efforts. First, second and third place prizes were given to six winners in the categories for grades 3-5, and 6 -8.

Every student present for the program also received a specially designed shirt which reads “The Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage and the Woodbine Elementary School …Partners in Achievement."

In summation, the event represents all that we strive to accomplish as caretakers of the past and encouragement for the future.

Woodbine is a very special place and indeed, on March 29, 2007, that very quality sparkled like a diamond in the early spring sky.

Julia L. Hankerson and Mrs. Marjorie Freeman Rosenfeld A highlight of the program was the

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