Museum Interpreter
  • Best Accokeek Memory

During one weekend interpretation a visitor was in tears as I portrayed Cate Sharper and told how her son was sold to a neighboring farm. The visitor’s real tears showed me the impact of bringing history to life and the responsibility I have to tell the truth and be authentic when portraying Cate Sharper.

  • Favorite Part of the Farm

Seeing how the life of people who are long gone impact the visitors of today. Giving them a 1770 experience and how it makes them appreciate what they take for granted today.

  • If I could be one of the farm animals…

A sheep, sometimes quiet but always present.

Shemika Berry, a former Air Force Officer, is a local actress and makeup artist. She currently portrays Cate Sharper at the National Colonial Farm. Shemika believes that history should be brought to life. She has done historical interpretation at local schools for monthly commemorations and African American Heritage month. She was a featured actor in “The Choice”, about the War of 1812, performed at Sotterley Plantation in St. Mary’s County.