Black History Month

From its founding to today, Maryland has been shaped by the African-American experience.

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Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park
Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park
Photo By: Montgomery Parks
Portrait of Harriet Tubman
Most famous for her role as an Underground Railroad conductor, Harriet Tubman was born into slavery on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Frederick Douglass Sign
Frederick Douglass Sign
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

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.

Portrait of Harriet Tubman

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. Maryland honors the legacy of one of America’s greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman, with a state park. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center 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.

Photo By: VisitBaltimore

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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Location:
1417 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
410-685-0295


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Banneker Douglass Museum Photo By: Banneker Douglass Museum

3 Celebrate Black History Month by visiting the Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis

As the State of Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage, the Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to document, to interpret, and to promote African American history and culture (particularly in Maryland) through exhibitions, programs, and projects in order to improve the understanding and appreciating of America’s rich cultural diversity for all.

The Permanent Exhibit
Deep Roots, Rising Waters: A Celebration of African Americans in Maryland
This exhibition provides an overview of African American history in Maryland from 1633 through present day. Learn how African Americans throughout Maryland made lasting changes for all Americans.

  • Find out about Maryland’s first African American settler, Mathias De Sousa.
  • Learn how Benjamin Banneker was able to use his almanac as an anti-slavery protest to Thomas Jefferson.
  • See the advertisement for the slave auction Kunta Kinte was sold in.
  • Hear one of Frederick Douglass’s speeches against racism and slavery.
  • View a reward poster for Harriet Tubman while re-enacting a slave escape like that of Lear Green.
  • Explore Maryland’s ties to North Pole expeditions through citizens Matthew Henson and Herbert Frisby.
  • Listen to stories and music from Carr’s Beach and Sparrow’s Beach.
  • Discover how Thurgood Marshall fought to change the education system in the United States.

Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street
Annapolis, Maryland


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84 Franklin St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-216-6180


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Josiah Henson Park Photo By: Montgomery Parks

4 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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Location:
11420 Old Georgetown Rd
Rockville, MD 20852
301-650-4373


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Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park Photo By: Montgomery Parks

5 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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Location:
3610 Brookeville Rd
Olney, MD 20832
301-650-4373


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National Black Wax Museum Image

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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Location:
1601-03 E North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21213
410-563-3404


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Benjamin Banneker Museum and Historical Park Photo By: VisitMaryland.org

7 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."


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Location:
300 Oella Ave
Baltimore, MD 21228
410-887-1081


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Montpelier Arts Center Photo By: Montpelier Arts Center

8 Black History Month Exhibition and Reception (Relics and Prospect)

January 13 - February 25, 2018
Montpelier Arts Center is proud to honor Black History Month through an exhibition of contemporary artwork that reflects the lives and perspectives of the African-American experience. Using symbolism and found objects, artists explore the journey and history of being black through painting, mixed media, and sculpture.


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Location:
9652 Muirkirk Rd.
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7800


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B&O Railroad Museum Station

9 Celebrate Black History Month at the B&O Railroad

February 1 – February 28, 2018
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.


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Location:
901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
410-752-2490


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The National Aquarium in Baltimore Photo By: Visit Baltimore

10 The National Aquarium Celebrates Black History Month

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.


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Location:
501 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-576-3800


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Civil Rights To Star Wars Photo By: James E. Richmond Science Center - Charles County Public Schools

11 Civil Rights to Star Wars at The Dome

January 4, 6, 17 and 25
February 3, 8, 17 and 21
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.

View the schedule for showtimes.


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Location:
5305 Piney Church Road
Waldorf, MD 20602
301-934-7464


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USS Constellation Photo By: USS Ships in Baltimore

12 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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Location:
301 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-539-1797


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Baltimore Museum of Art Exterior Photo By: Baltimore Museum of Art

13 Baltimore Museum of Art

February 7, 2018 - 2:00-3:00pm

Exhibition & Collection Tour: African American Artists
Discover works by African American artists across the collection in this free guided tour with a BMA educator.


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Location:
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
443-573-1700


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Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture

14 Black History Month 2018

February  2018
Celebrate Black History Month at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture in Baltimore.

  • February 10, 2018 - 12:00-4:00pm
    200th Anniversary Celebration - Frederick Douglass Day @ the Lewis
    Celebrate the 200th birthday of Maryland abolitionist Frederick Douglass at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum with an array of activities honoring this iconic statesman. John Stauffer, a professor of English and African and African American Studies at Harvard University will present a lecture on Frederick Douglass’ America.
  • February 13, 2018 - 4:00pm
    Black History Month: Teacher Open House
    Calling All Teachers! Gain tools to enhance your student's Black History Month experience.
    Preview Reflections: Intimate Portraits of  Iconic African Americans and the museum’s permanent collection prior to bringing your students.  Teachers will receive a Heritage Highlight Tour of the permanent collection, sample a living history program and learn about available teacher resources from An African American Journey.
  • February 18, 2018 - 2:00pm
    Sundays @ 2 Films: Tell Them We Are Rising - The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
    Tell Them We Are Rising explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. Stanley Nelson's film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice. A post conversation with co-film producer Stacey Holman will follow.

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Location:
830 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
443-263-1800


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United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir Photo By: USNA

15 Black History Month USNA Gospel Choir Concert

February 11, 2018
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
410-293-8687


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Banneker Douglass Museum Photo By: Banneker Douglass Museum

16 “BENT BUT NOT BROKEN: An Artistic Celebration of the Spirit and Legacy of Frederick Douglass”

February 13 - May 19, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 3:00-5:00pm

Maryland artist  Ulysses Marshall captures Frederick Douglass’ spirit through his highly expressive mixed media compositions- his colorful and poetic collages delivered with blunt sincerity. Marshall’s work talks of the glory, the pain, and the hope in Douglass’ life and in the African-American experience. Special thanks to guest curator Natalie Fulgencio.

Banneker Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street
Annapolis, Maryland


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Location:
84 Franklin St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-216-6180


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Thurgood Marshall Memorial in Annapolis Photo By: Watermark

17 African American Heritage Tour (Annapolis Tours By Watermark)

February 17, 2018
1-3pm

Explore the history and culture of African-Americans in honor of Black History Month with a guided tour of the Thurgood Marshall Memorial in front of the court of appeals where Marshall had his first major victory for equality under the law for all.  Visit the Kunta-Kinte Alex Haley Memorial.  The tour ends at the Banneker-Douglass Museum where thoughtful exhibitions enhance the understanding of history.

Departs from City Dock Information Booth, 1 dock Street, Annapolis


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1 Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-268-7600


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Featured Places
Frederick Douglass
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Location:
1417 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Watercolor of the exterior of the Bannekar-Douglass Museum
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Location:
84 Franklin St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Image of a globe
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Location:
11420 Old Georgetown Rd
Rockville, MD 20852
Oakley Cabin
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Location:
3610 Brookeville Rd
Olney, MD 20832
Wax sculptures at museum
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Location:
1601-03 E North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21213
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum
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Location:
300 Oella Ave
Baltimore, MD 21228
Painting of a woman entitled
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Location:
9652 Muirkirk Rd.
Laurel, MD 20708
Round House at the B&O Railroad Museum
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Location:
901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
National Aquarium in Baltimore photo
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Location:
501 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
patriotic image showing stars and stripes
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Location:
5305 Piney Church Road
Waldorf, MD 20602
USS Constellation docked in the Inner Harbor
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Location:
301 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Baltimore Museum of Art exterior
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Location:
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
Visitor Center in fall
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Location:
52 King George Street
Annapolis, MD 21402
Watercolor of the exterior of the Bannekar-Douglass Museum
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Location:
84 Franklin St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Tour group
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Location:
1 Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
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