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Celebrate Black History Month 2015

February is Black History Month!

Please join us at Josiah Henson Park each Saturday in February to Celebrate Black History Month. The park is located at 11420 Old Georgetown Road in North Bethesda, MD on the historic Isaac Riley Farm in North Bethesda where the Reverend Josiah Henson lived and worked as a slave from 1795 to 1830. Josiah Henson Black History Month image

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.

Events Schedule

Free Guided Tours - “A Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps”

Saturdays | February 7, 14, 21, 28 | Noon - 4:00 pm. Last tour begins 3:00 pm
Retrace the footsteps of Reverend Josiah Henson from his enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. Walk the grounds where Henson toiled as a slave on the Isaac Riley plantation.

Spoken Word Poetry Event - Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom

Saturday, February 28 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm | Free Admission
Close out our Black History Month celebration with our annual poetry event.

Create and share your own "sounds of freedom" in the form of original poetry. Only self-guided tours are offered during the program. A reception with light refreshments immediately follows.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking for Josiah Henson Park events is available ONLY at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd., North Bethesda, MD 20852.

Contact Us

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

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