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SILVER SPRING, MD—Maryland’s emancipation of its enslaved population took place nearly 150 years ago in 1864. Each November, Montgomery Parks marks this historic milestone with a weekend of educational activities and events at various African American historic sites in our parks. This year’s celebrations of freedom from enslavement in Maryland include hikes on the Underground Railroad trail, a tour of a 19th century cabin and a museum, living history demonstrations, live music and food.

A special Emancipation Day event will take place on Saturday, November 1, at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park in Olney and will include a reading of the Maryland Emancipation announcement, living history demonstrations, musical performances by local artists and a host of other activities for the whole family.

All events are open to the public. A schedule of weekend events is outlined below. More details are available at

Saturday, November 2, 2013      

Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hikes

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

(Tours begin 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.)

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

16501 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860


”Conductors” will lead one-way, 90-minute interpretive hikes of this two-mile natural surface trail from Woodlawn Manor to the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House. (Shuttle buses will transport hikers back to the Woodlawn Manor.)

Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center Tours & Demonstrations

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Brookside Nature Center

1400 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902



Visit the Harper Cabin dating back to the 1870s to learn how and where post-emancipation African American families lived in Montgomery County. Two generations of the Harper family (including a total of 21 children) grew up in this small one room cabin.


Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery Open House

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

18524 Brooke Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860


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The museum and art gallery will feature exhibits focusing on the heritage of African Americans from their origin in Africa through the Trans-Atlantic passage, participation with the Underground Railroad, the struggle for civil rights, and their accomplishments across the African Diaspora. Lunch will be available for purchase.


Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park

12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

3610 Brookeville Road, OlneyMD 20832


Featuring live music and demonstrations, activities include guided cabin tours, living history demonstrations, hands-on crafts and old-fashioned games for children; and an archaeology dig.

*Parking is only available at Longwood Recreation Center, 19300 Georgia Avenue with shuttle service to Oakley Cabin.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center Tours and Demonstrations

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Brookside Nature Center

1400 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902


Take a tour of this cabin dating back to 1870 and learn about its history including its relocation from a post-Civil War African American community (near Poolesville) to Wheaton.