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Celebrate Black History Month in Montgomery County

Oakley Cabin | Montgomery Parks

February is Black History Month. African American history and culture are an essential part of Montgomery County’s heritage. Take the opportunity to honor and learn more about African American heritage through these virtual and in-person events happening all month long.

Take a Heritage Road Trip

All Month Long | In-Person

Stories of the Underground Railroad are rich and rooted deep into Montgomery County. The multitude of historic sites and experiences make for an interesting self-guided road trip throughout the county to help understand the trials, tribulations, and heroism of the freedom seekers.

Cooking with History

February 12 | 1 pm | Virtual

Step into the kitchen for a virtual discussion of traditional African American cooking. A well rounded group of panelists will discuss the lives of enslaved cooks, the impact of racial systems on foodways, and ongoing efforts to engage with African American culinary heritage.

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | Sandy Spring, MD

Black History Month Family Day

February 19 | 10 am | In-Person

Bring the whole family for a self-guided exploration of Montgomery County’s Black history at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up take-home kids activities and trail maps to explore the Underground Railroad Experience Trail on your own. This is a great opportunity to connect, learn, and get exercise as a family.

Black History Month: Transcribe-A-Thon

February 21 | 11 am – 3 pm | In-person

For more than 300 years, the Sandy Spring area has been home to generations of African and African American families. In honor of Black History Month, join us as we uncover some of these family stories awaiting discovery by transcribing historic documents.

Josiah Henson Museum & Park in Montgomery County, MD
Josiah Henson Museum & Park | North Bethesda, MD

Meeting of the Minds

February 26 | 11 am | Virtual

Join the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, and the Josiah Henson Museum and Park for a virtual conversation by first-person re-enactors about the life of these leaders. All born in southern Maryland, these individuals have shaped and impacted the course of history while displaying bravery that continues to inspire generations.


February 28 | 12:45 pm | Virtual

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. This presentation focuses on five significant but little known facts of Black history and dispels historical myths. The event includes a screening of a 30-minute original documentary, “UNCLOAKED,” produced by Robert Williams, followed by an open question and answer session.

More Black History Month Events

Learn more about local African American Heritage by exploring these historic sites found throughout Montgomery County.