Remembering Cheryl Blackman
Cheryl Blackman's sister,
enjoys the display honoring Cheryl
During the month of July, the Rehoboth Beach Museum will host a display of costumes and other artifacts in honor of Cheryl Blackman, “Rehoboth’s #1 Little Person.” Blackman was well known for her colorful costumes and active fundraising efforts along Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk.
Dressed as an elf, leprechaun, or in Red, White, and Blue for Independence Day and often on roller skates, Cheryl’s high energy and outgoing personality quickly achieved iconic status in the Rehoboth Beach community. Over the years she captured the hearts of residents and visitors alike, and raised thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations, including the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, Beebe Medical Center, the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department, the Village Improvement Association and many others. A former actor and stunt double - she once doubled as Miss Piggy in the 1984 film “The Muppets Take Manhattan!”
In 2011, Blackman received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award and, in 2012, she received the Jefferson Award in recognition of her Outstanding Community Service on Delmarva.
Blackman was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She underwent years of treatment, but never lost her positive attitude and penchant for fun. On July 13, 2016 Cheryl was honored with her very own parade through the business district, ending at the Rehoboth Beach Fire Hall. Rehoboth Beach lost one of its greatest promoters on December 7, 2016 at the age of 53.