Events Calendar

Black History Month Celebrations @Montgomery Parks

Celebrate Black History Month each Saturday in February!
Montgomery Parks is proud to provide this introduction to this rich, local African American history by hosting a series of free, tours, documentaries, and poetry at Josiah Henson Park!

Located on the historic Isaac Riley Farm this park is where the Reverend Josiah Henson lived and worked as a slave from 1795 to 1830. Josiah Henson 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. Visit HistoryInTheParks.org for more information.

Saturdays | February 7, 14, 21, 28 | Free Guided Tours | Last tour begins 3:00 pm
Volunteer historians and archeologists provide free guided tours that 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.

Time Team America Documentary – “The Search For Josiah Henson” | Shown at Noon, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm
Each Saturday we will show PBS’ Time Team America’s documentary, “The Search for Josiah Henson,” – an over-the-archaeologists’-shoulder view of discoveries made at our very own Josiah Henson Park.

Saturday, February 28 | 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. The month-long festivities conclude on Saturday, February 28 with a spoken word poetry event, “Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom.” Participants of all ages and races are welcome.