This month, we come together to honor the African American experience. And here in Prince George’s County, we’re located at the heart of a wealth of history that spans from the first colonies, through the heroic efforts of the Underground Railroad, the Civil Rights era and on to the present.
From the District to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, there are dozens of day trips to celebrate Black History Month and learn about the countless contributions to the arts, sciences, culture and politics. Here are the events and activities we’re most looking forward to.
View the Moving Out, Moving In, Moving Up Exhibit at The Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD
This stunning exhibit, open through February 28, explores the history and legacy of African American migration in the United States through narrative storytelling, art collections and multimedia. Located on the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion in nearby Laurel, this community-first, art-focused park and facility makes the perfect venue for this memorable experience.
Tour Frederick Douglass’ DC Home in Southeast D.C.
A leading and enduring voice of the Abolitionist movement, Frederick Douglass left a legacy that continues to inspire to this day. Head into the District for a guided tour of Frederick Douglass’ historic Anacostia home at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Guided tours are required, so be sure to book your reservation as soon as possible.
Watch Classics and New Releases at the D.C. Public Library Black Film Festival
Visit a library each Tuesday in February for the D.C. Public Library Black Film Festival. Showings throughout February range from the latest, Oscar-nominated Spike Lee film “BlacKkKlansman” to Darnell Martin’s take on the Zora Neale Hurston classic novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”
Visit the African American Museum & Cultural Center in Brentwood, MD
A month full of diverse events and activities to celebrate Black History Month awaits at the African American Museum & Cultural Center in nearby Brentwood, MD. Learn more about their current art and educational exhibitions here. Or check out the calendar to plan for and participate in this month’s special events.
Follow the Road to Freedom on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway on the Eastern Shore
Looking for a truly unique adventure that celebrates the African American experience? Take a day trip to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and follow the path of the Underground Railroad. Get started at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and State Park in Church Creek, MD, and visit a wide variety of significant historical sites on your way back toward the Bay Bridge.