The story of the African-American experience in Maryland is the story of America. From the founding of the colony, through the horrors of slavery and the heroism of the Underground Railroad, to the Jazz Age and the thriving contributions to the sciences, arts and culture of today: the Maryland African-American story is one of perseverance, courage and triumph.
Honor the life of a true American Hero along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. In Baltimore, meet icons of American history like the legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglas and revolutionary musicians like Eubie Blake, Billie Holiday, Chick Webb and Cab Calloway through the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. And in Rockville, witness the courage of the famed Underground Railroad conductor and inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin at Josiah Henson Park.
1 Travel the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
With over 30 sites to see along this incredible byway, you’re going to need a map! Get one at the Dorchester County Visitor Center in the waterfront town of Cambridge, which also offers guides and an exhibit about Tubman’s life. This year, Maryland is honoring the legacy of one of America’s greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman, with the opening of a new state park. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, opening March 11, offers a stirring look into the life and legacy of a woman who risked all in the name of freedom. Explore the new park and journey along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, and truly touch history.
2 Frederick Douglas - Isaac Myers Maritime Park, Baltimore
This waterfront museum in Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood showcases the lives of Maryland natives Frederick Douglass and Isaac Myers, important contributors in African-American maritime history. Through a self-guided tour you’ll learn about Douglass’s time working on the docks as an enslaved child before escaping to freedom in New York, and about Myers, a free-born African-American labor leader and one of the founders of the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company.
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1417 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
3 Celebrate Black History Month at Josiah Henson Park, North Bethesda
One of the most famous conductors of the Underground Railroad, Reverend Josiah Henson’s work establishing a community for fugitive slaves inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s ground-breaking book Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Visit the site where Henson risked his life for others before eventually escaping to Canada and his own freedom. A special weekend will feature free guided tours, the Time Team America documentary - “The Search For Josiah Henson” and a Spoken Word Poetry event.
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11420 Old Georgetown Road
Rockville, MD 20852
4 Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park, Olney
Now a living-history museum, this two-acre tract of land served as the center of an African-American roadside community from 1880-1920. Today, furnishings depict the various stages of its history, and artifacts that were excavated onsite are also on display.
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3610 Brookeville Road
Olney, MD 20832
5 African Americans: Science & Nature with Benjamin Banneker
The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum features programs all month long that highlight the accomplishments of African Americans scientists. Programs include Astronomy, a Full Moon Campfire, the exploration of historic "food ways" and on Feb. 25th, a special program on Banneker and Solar Eclipses: 2017 and 1791.
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History & Heritage
300 Oella Ave
Oella, MD 21228
6 The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
The unique artistry of master wax carvers brings more than 150 life-size wax figures to life in this unique museum. Detailing the African American experience from ancient Africa to today, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is a national treasure.
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1601-03 E North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21213
7 Celebrate Black History Month at the B&O Railroad
February 1 – February 28, 2017
Monday – Saturday (10am – 4pm), Sunday (11am – 4pm)
The B&O Railroad Museum celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the railroad industry. Learn about the men and women who filled vital jobs along the B&O Railroad's line and understand how significant social issues, such as segregation, affected railroading.
Also highlighted this month are two temporary exhibits commemorating the opening of National Museum African American History and Culture, A Place for All People & Makers of the Railroad.
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901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
8 The National Aquarium Celebrates Black History Month
February 3, 2017
The National Aquarium celebrates Black History Month with a special evening of music, performances and fun for the whole family. The evening will focus on the roles African Americans have played within the Chesapeake Bay's maritime and seafood industries and examine how they are shaping its future. Interactive and hands-on experiences highlight cultural heritage. All activities are included with Aquarium admission during Half-Price Friday Nights, brought to you by M&T Bank.
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501 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
9 USS Constellation: "To Catch a Thief!"
Saturdays in February, 1:00 p.m.
USS Constellation - Inner Harbor, Baltimore
Constellation's proudest service may have occurred during the three years immediately before the Civil War when, as flagship of the navy's African Squadron, she led this nation's fight against the trans-Atlantic trafficking of slaves.
This one-hour tour aboard USS Constellation will focus on the US ship’s role in intercepting and prohibiting the illegal Atlantic slave trade in the years leading up to the Civil War. Tour and hands-on activities combine to bring into view Constellation’s active career combating the slave trade and her exciting capture of the slave ship Cora from which she rescued 705 captive Africans. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.
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301 E Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
10 Black History Month USNA Gospel Choir Concert
February 12, 2017-
3pm - 5pm
USNA Main Chapel, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis
The United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir is an upbeat inspirational musical ensemble. Comprised of midshipmen from various places, races, and creeds, the Gospel Choir is reflective of the diverse interests and ethnicities within the Brigade of Midshipmen. Their common bond is musical talent and a passion to praise through song. Tickets are $19, available on-line, by phone or at the door that afternoon.
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52 King George Street
Annapolis, MD 21402
11 Voices of the American Experience
February 2, 2017 at 7:30pm
Weinberg Center for the Arts
Liz Vice performs as part of the Tivoli Discovery Series showcasing her deep-rooted spirituality, dynamic vocals and illuminating lyrics. Infusing gospel, soul, and R&B with a love of storytelling, Oregon-based vocalist Liz Vice brings her timeless-yet-vibrant sensibility to the Weinberg stage. Overcoming a debilitating autoimmune disease in her youth, Vice found music offered a new lease on life. This "pay what you want" donation at the door or $10 for an advance ticket serves up a haunting experience.
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20 W Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
12 Civil Rights to Star Wars at The Dome
Celebrate major achievements and advancements by African Americans with two original productions for audiences ages 9 and up at the Digital Dome Theater.
Civil Rights to Star Wars - A journey through time from Rosa Parks’ arrest through the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Relive the Montgomery bus boycott, the F.W. Woolworth Lunch Counter, and non-violent protests. Join Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from his incarceration in Birmingham, to his memorable speech at the March on Washington. Experience the despair of King’s death. Rejoice in the obstacles overcome: Americans’ landing on the Moon, missions on the Space Shuttle, and our reach into the science-fiction heavens of Star Wars.
Follow the Drinking Gourd - traces the slave trade from its African origin to freedom via the Underground Railroad.
February movies run Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:45pm and between 9am and 1pm on the first and third Saturday in February.
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5305 Piney Church Road
Waldorf, MD 20602
13 Black History Month 2017
Celebrate Black History Month at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture in Baltimore. Of special interest is Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male, an exhibit that asks visitors to compare their perceptionsof Maryland black men to who these men really are.
February 11, 2017
Explore the Black Memorabilia Fine Art & Craft Show at The Lewis with special guests and the opportunity to acquire special pieces for your collection.
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830 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
14 Baltimore Museum of Art Celebrates Black History Month
February 1, 2017
Exhibition & Collection Tour: African American Artists Guided Tour
Discover works by African American artists across the collection in this free guided tour with a BMA educator.
February 11, 2017
Creativity Exchange: Intersections Between Black Artists and Black-Owned Businesses
Participate in a lively discussion with Baltimore-based artists and entrepreneurs. Chat with panelists, network during a reception and vendor fair, and participate in a free workshop to strengthen your business skills creatively. RSVP required: email@example.com or 443-573-1835.
February 18, 2017
Open Hours: Balti Gurls
Join the BALTI GURLS, a women of color artist collective based in Baltimore with a particular focus on new media and cross-disciplinary practice, whose mission is to cultivate platforms and “creative safe space” for other women of color. BALTI GURLS will facilitate a workshop and activity around the idea of self-care practices.