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Celebrate Black History Month 2016

February is Black History Month!

Please join us at Josiah Henson Park February 27 & 28 to Celebrate Black History Month. The park is located in North Bethesda, MD on the historic Isaac Riley Farm where the Reverend Josiah Henson lived and worked as a slave from 1795 to 1830. - event flier (2MB, PDF)

Josiah Henson Black History Month imageBlack History Month is an important vehicle for understanding our past so we can build the foundation for a future. Join Montgomery Parks in bringing that past to life through free, tours, documentaries, and poetry!

“There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history.
And there is no higher cause for honoring the struggle of ancestors by remembering.”

~ Lonnie Bunch, founding director, National Museum of African American History and Culture

The month of February is dedicated to highlighting the stories, struggles, and successes of African Americans. Often Black History Month is treated as a stand-alone month in which to simply research and write a book report. We suggest Black History Month can serve as an introduction to a life-long lesson in culture, community, and connections.

Montgomery Parks is proud to provide an introduction to this rich, local African American history by hosting a series of free public events at Josiah Henson Park. This park is a historic resource of 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.

Schedule of Events

SATURDAY | SUNDAY

Saturday, February 27

SPOKEN WORD POETRY EVENT -“Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom”

3:00 - 4:00 pm | Free Admission
Close out our Black History Month celebration with our annual poetry event. Participants of all ages and races are welcome to create and share their own “sounds of freedom” in the form of original poetry, song or other artistic expressions.

Only self-guided tours are offered during the program. A reception with light refreshments immediately follows.

FREE GUIDED TOURS “A Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps”

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.

TIME TEAM AMERICA DOCUMENTARY - “The Search For Josiah Henson”

Noon, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm
This PBS documentary, "The Search for Josiah Henson" brings to life the archaeological discoveries made at Josiah Henson Park. Time Team America brought their high-tech equipment to help Park Archaeologists learn more about a very special man in American History, Josiah Henson.

Sunday, February 28

FREE GUIDED TOURS “A Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps”

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.

TIME TEAM AMERICA DOCUMENTARY - “The Search For Josiah Henson”

Noon, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm
This PBS documentary, "The Search for Josiah Henson" brings to life the archaeological discoveries made at Josiah Henson Park. Time Team America brought their high-tech equipment to help Park Archaeologists learn more about a very special man in American History, Josiah Henson.

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

Contact Us

Lisa MacLeman, Group Tours & Public Programs
301-650-4373 | Lisa.MacLeman@montgomeryparks.org

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