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Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month and we hope you will join us at Josiah Henson Park

Josiah Henson Black History Month imageJosiah Henson Park

11420 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852 |
Josiah Henson Park is located on the historic Isaac Riley Farm in North Bethesda where the Reverend Josiah Henson lived and worked as a slave from 1795 to 1830. This park is a historic resource of local, state, national and international significance because of its association with Reverend Henson, whose 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's landmark novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.


Open House & Guided Tours

Saturdays | February 7, 14, 21, 28
12:00 Noon - 4:00 pm | FREE Guided Tours

Retrace the footsteps of Reverend Josiah Henson from his enslavement to escape to freedom in Canada. Walk the grounds where Henson toiled as a slave on the Isaac Riley plantation. Learn about his extraordinary life, which inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's landmark novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Meet out staff archaeologists who are conducting ongoing excavations onsite to discover more about Henson, the Riley family and life on the 19th century plantation. - event flyer (PDF, 1 MB)

Spoken Word Poetry Event

"Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom"
Saturday, February 28 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm | FREE
Close out our Black History Month Celebration by participating in this special annual poetry event. Create and share your own "sounds of freedom" in the form of original poetry. This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Maryland's emancipation of its enslaved population that occurred on November 1, 1864. Come and express yourself as we celebrate this important milestone in Maryland history.

During the program, guided tours will not be offered, the last tour this date will begin at 2:00 pm. A reception with light refreshments immediately follow the program. Contact us For more information about how to participate.

Parking for Josiah Henson Park events is available ONLY at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd., North Bethesda.

Contact Us

Lisa MacLeman, Group Tours & Public Programs
301-650-4373 |

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