University of Maryland Eastern Shore The 125th Anniversary
125th Anniversary
"Celebrating the Journey: The 125th Anniversary of UMES" 1886-2011

Who Knew, too?

Here are five more unrelated facts uncovered during research for the "Celebrating the Journey" series in recognition of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 125th anniversary.

John Taylor Williams showing off his culinary skillsPresident John Taylor Williams loved to entertain after Maryland State College football games and barbeque “anything that [would] hold still.”

Williams’ barbeque sauce recipe consists of:

  • 1 qt. vinegar
  • 1 qt. ketchup
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of red pepper
  • 4 table spoons of black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of salt

His recipe is still used occasionally today by the university's catering service at campus events organized to feed large groups of people.

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African-American photographer Moneta Sleet Jr. served as the institution’s photography instructor for one year -- 1948-1949.  He went on to a career at Johnson Publishing Co. and won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for his Ebony magazine photograph of Coretta Scott King at her husband's funeral. He was the first African-American to win the prize coveted by journalists.

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Alumnus Arthur A. King, class of 1952, was elected to the Maryland House of Representatives in 1967, representing predominately white Prince George’s County, Md. When the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus formed in 1970, King's peers elected him the chairman, a position he held until 1972.

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1957 marked the 70th anniversary of the institution - then known as Maryland State College - as well as the 10th anniversary of the presidency of John Taylor Williams. In appreciation, the staff presented the president and his wife, Jennie V., with a 21-inch General Electric television set. He would serve 23 years, from 1947 until 1970.

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6’7” alumnus, Tom “Tarzan” Spencer, became a Harlem Globetrotter in 1957.


"Celebrating the Journey: The 125th Anniversary of the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore" 1886-2011