October 27, 2015
Montgomery Parks will host a weekend of inspiring educational activities for all ages.
SILVER SPRING, MD— Each November, Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission celebrates Maryland Emancipation Day (#MDMED). This day commemorates the adoption of the 1864 Maryland Constitution, which abolished slavery in the state of Maryland on November 1st. This year the celebration will include:
Special Emancipation Day Events* will be held on Saturday, November 7 at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park in Olney and on Sunday, November 8 at Josiah Henson Park in North Bethesda. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available at both sites during the special programs.
Activities at Oakley Cabin will include a reading of the Maryland Emancipation Amendment, living history demonstrations, musical performances by local artists and a special appearance by Master Puppeteer, Schroeder Cherry, presenting “Underground Railroad, Not a Subway.”
Activities at Josiah Henson Park will include guided tours, hands-on archaeology activities and a musical performance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices.
Montgomery Parks joins other historic sites throughout the county to celebrate this special occasion. Park-hosted events are free and open to the public. A schedule of weekend events is outlined below. More details are available at HistoryintheParks.org.
This weekend also celebrates the conclusion of the 2015 History in the Parks season. Public programs at Park historic sites will resume April 2016.
WEEKEND EVENTS SCHEDULE
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Emancipation Day Program | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm*
Parking is only available at Longwood Recreation Center, 19300 Georgia Avenue with shuttle service to/from Oakley Cabin throughout the afternoon.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Guided tours begin on the half hour starting at 12:00 p.m. Last guided tour begins at 2:00 pm (tours last about 60 mins.) and self-guided tours will take place during the “Emancipation Day Program.” Parking is ONLY available at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center/Wall Local Park, 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda.
*American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available.
For more information about Montgomery Parks Emancipation Day programming and to stay informed of upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and training dates, visit HistoryInTheParks.org.
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