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. Also in Cambridge are the Dorchester County Courthouse, former site of slave auctions, and the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, which hosts exhibits and educational programming. Kayak through the waterways of Joseph Stewart’s Canal near Parson’s Creek, where Tubman learned vital survival skills, or take the family for a stroll around Adkin’s Arboretum near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely to examine how nature both helped and hindered freedom seekers traversing this 400-acre preserve of wetlands and woodlands.

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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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Visual Arts


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


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Josiah Henson Park Photo By: Montgomery Parks

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


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

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


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

5 Scholarly Lecture: African American Firsts

February 13, 2016
Dr. Brian Morrison will portray William J. Watkins Sr., one of the first African American educators in Baltimore during the early 19th century in this unique, first person lecture.


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


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Monterey Jazz Festival Group Picture

6 Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour

Feb 14, 2016
The longest consecutively running jazz festival in the world celebrates their unique brand of jazz with Columbia Festival of the Arts. James Rouse Theatre. Range of ticket prices.


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Location:
5460 Trumpeter Rd
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-3044


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7 Black Lives, Black Words: 6 Short Plays

February 20, 2016
Monteabaro Recital Hall, Howard Community College

New Theatre Movement features works by up-and-coming black playwrights from Chicago & London, exploring the black diaspora of experiences in some of the world's largest multicultural cities.


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Location:
Monteabaro Recital Hall, Howard Community College
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-3044


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8 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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B&O Railroad Museum Station

9 Celebrate Black History Month at the B&O Railroad

February 8 – February 29
Monday – Saturday (10am – 4pm), Sunday (11am – 4pm)
The B&O Railroad Museum opens a new African American exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the railroad industry. Learn about these 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. 
New exhibits focus on African American passenger travel during segregation and chefs and waiters who worked on B&O dining cars.


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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

February 5, 2016, 5-8 p.m. 
National Aquarium

The National Aquarium celebrates Black History Month with a special evening focused on African American history with music, performances and more! Live jazz will transport guests back to Baltimore’s historic, legendary jazz scene. During the evening, wine and beer will be available for purchase for the 21+ crowd. (Enjoy half-price admission on Friday evenings after 5:00 p.m. as part of the Aquarium’s Half-Price Friday Nights program presented by M&T Bank.) All activities are included with Aquarium admission. Add a 4D Immersion Film for $5!


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General Attractions


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


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USS Constellation Photo By: USS Ships in Baltimore

11 USS Constellation: "To Catch a Thief!"

Saturdays in February, 1:00p.m.
USS Constellation - Inner Harbor, Baltimore

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.  Available for groups & reservations required.


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General Attractions


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


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12 African American Milestones in Naval History

January–February 2016
Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis

This exhibit focuses on three centuries of African-American history in the Navy.  A timeline chronicles the history of African Americans at the Naval Academy, admirals who graduated from the Naval Academy, and ships named after African Americans and Medal of Honor recipients.


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Location:
52 King George Street
Annapolis, MD 21402
410-293-8687


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13 Voices of the American Experience

February 25, 2016
Weinberg Center for the Arts

In honor of Black History month, Carolina Chocolate Drops member Rhiannon Giddens and her cohorts explore the rich history of protest songs.


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Events


Location:
20 W Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-2828


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14 Portraits of Progress

February 27, 2016
Celebrate major achievements and  advancements by African American scientists and inventors with original productions on Science on a Sphere and Digital Dome Theater. 

 


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


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Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture

15 Black History Month Open House 2016

February 27, 2016 
Celebrate Black History Month with an open house at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture in Baltimore. Join friends, neighbors, community innovators and business leaders for a day full of interactive tours, activities and entertainment. Sponsored by Verizon. Free.


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Visual Arts


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


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1417 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
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11420 Old Georgetown Road
Rockville, MD 20852
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3610 Brookeville Road
Olney, MD 20832
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300 Oella Ave
Oella, MD 21228
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5460 Trumpeter Rd
Columbia, MD 21044
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Monteabaro Recital Hall, Howard Community College
Columbia, MD 21044
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1601-03 E North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21213
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901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
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501 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
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301 E Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
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52 King George Street
Annapolis, MD 21402
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5305 Piney Church Road
Waldorf, MD 20602
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