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Artist Miriam Moran in front of her painting "Natural Born Leader" (Photo:WBOC) Artist Miriam Moran in front of her painting "Natural Born Leader" (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- When you think of famous people in Dorchester County, many mention Harriet Tubman or Annie Oakley.  But a local artist wants another name included on that list: Gloria Richardson.

Richardson was the leader of the Cambridge Movement during the civil rights era.  It was a tumultuous time for Cambridge, when the community was split in two. Twenty-nine-year-old artist Miriam Moran says that due to that divide, Gloria Richardson is often forgotten.  Her piece, called "Natural Born Leader," was created to bring Richardson back into conversation.

"I know it's first Harriet Tubman, but I feel like second it should be Gloria Richardson, because she played a big part in the Cambridge Movement, and I feel like we need to start talking more about her, especially the younger generation.  They need to start learning more about the history of Cambridge, how the civil rights movement passed.  Because I feel like if it weren't for her and the freedom riders, today wouldn't be like it is now," said Moran.

Moran's piece on Richardson, along with several other of her works are on display at the store "Liv Again" in downtown Cambridge through the end of the month.

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