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African American History in Montgomery County, MD

Montgomery County is home to numerous historic sites of significance to African American heritage. See also our list of Black History Month events taking place in February.

Montgomery Parks offers exciting tours such as:

 

·         Oakley Cabin African American Museum - April through November | FREE Guided Tours | Second & Fourth Saturdays 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oakley Cabin is a 19th-century African American historic site, once center of an African American roadside community in Brookville established during the years following the Civil War.

 

·         Underground Railroad Trail - April through November | FREE Guided Hikes | Saturdays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Underground Railroad Experience Trail hikes commemorate the involvement of Montgomery County residents in the Underground Railroad and celebrates the Quaker heritage and traditions of Sandy Spring.

Things to Do — African American History

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Boyds Negro School

Boyds

One-room schoolhouse served as the only public school for African Americans in the Boyds area for over 40 years serving…

One-room schoolhouse served as the only public school for African Americans in the Boyds area for over 40 years serving grades 1-8. Visit the school for tours or meetings.

Boyds Negro School Website

19510 White Ground Road
Boyds, MD 20841
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Phone: 301-972-0578

Hours: Open by appointment and the last Sunday of each month from 1-3pm

Tickets: Admission is free.

Button Farm Living History Center

Germantown

A living history farm portraying 1850s plantation life and heirloom garden.

A living history farm portraying 1850s plantation life and heirloom garden.

Button Farm Living History Center Website

16820 Black Rock Road
Germantown, MD 20874
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Phone: 301-916-7090

Hours: Call or check website for details.

Josiah Henson Historic Site (Uncle Tom’s Cabin)

Rockville

The Josiah Henson Site (formerly called the “Riley Farm/Uncle Tom’s Cabin”) is a historic resource of local, state, national and…

The Josiah Henson Site (formerly called the "Riley Farm/Uncle Tom's Cabin") is a historic resource of local, state, national and international significance because of its association with Reverend Josiah Henson, whose 1849 autobiography inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's landmark novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. The Riley farm was where Henson lived and worked as a slave from 1795 to 1830. The existing frame building, possibly dating to the late 18th century, was the home of Isaac Riley.

Josiah Henson Historic Site (Uncle Tom’s Cabin) Website

11420 Old Georgetown Road
Rockville, MD 20852
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Phone: 301-650-4373

Oakley Cabin

Olney

Oakley Cabin is a 19th century African American historic site. Built as one of three slave dwellings in the 1820s,…

Oakley Cabin is a 19th century African American historic site. Built as one of three slave dwellings in the 1820s, the cabin was the center of an African American roadside community from emancipation well into the 20th century. The dwelling, inhabited unt

Oakley Cabin Website

3610 Brookeville Road
Olney, MD 20832
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Phone: 301-650-4373

Hours: Open for free tours given by trained docents from 12:00 noon- 4:00PM on the second and fourth Saturday, from April through November 7.

Tickets: Admission is free.

Sandy Spring Slave Museum

Sandy Spring

A collection of historical art and artifacts telling the story of African American history. A clipper ship, African hut, and…

Sandy Spring Slave Museum

A collection of historical art and artifacts telling the story of African American history. A clipper ship, African hut, and log cabin are also on the site.

Sandy Spring Slave Museum Website

18524 Brooke Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
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Phone: 301-774-4066

Hours: The museum is open by appointment only; contact slavemuseum@yahoo.com

St. Paul Community Church

Poolesville

The heart of a freed slave community dating to the late 1800s.

The heart of a freed slave community dating to the late 1800s.

St. Paul Community Church Website

14730 Sugarland Lane
Poolesville, MD 20837
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Phone: 301-717-9304

Hours: Sundays 1-4pm, APril through September and by appointment.

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