Events Calendar

Black History Month Celebrations

When: February 27, 2016 all-day
Where: Josiah Henson Park
11420 Old Georgetown Rd
Rockville, MD 20852
USA
Cost: FREE
Contact:
Lisa Macleman
301-650-4373
Arts & Culture Educational Special Events
Black History Month featured

Celebrate Black History Month February 27 & 28, 2016
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 in North Bethesda, MD on the historic Isaac Riley Farm this park is where the Reverend Josiah Henson lived and worked as a slave from 1795 to 1830.

Saturday, February 27

  • 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.

    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.

Sunday, February 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.

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.

The weekend will feature Free Guided Tours, the Time Team America Documentary – “The Search For Josiah Henson” and a Spoken Word Poetry Event -“Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom”.