Montgomery Parks Celebrates Black History Month With Various Events

Celebrate Black History Month with virtual and in-person programs throughout the month of February.

Explore Montgomery Parks’ historical sites, discover African American cooking traditions, and learn about prominent figures in Maryland Black History.

Below are Montgomery Parks’ Picks for celebrating Black History Month:

Cooking with History

Join Montgomery Parks for a virtual discussion and celebration of traditional African American cooking on Saturday, February 12, from 1 to 2 pm. 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. Appropriate for ages six and up. Free, but all participants must register in advance.

Table with plates and bowls of food.

Black History Month Family Day

Bring the whole family for a self-guided exploration of Montgomery County’s Black history at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. Drop in at the visitor center to pick up take-home activities (for ages five to twelve) 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. Free. No registration is required.

Wooden trail marker with green grass, white fence and trees with colored leaves in the background.

Meeting of the Minds

Celebrate the paralleled legacies and experience of our Maryland Black history titans–Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Reverend Josiah Henson–during this virtual conversation by first-person re-enactors about the life of these leaders on Saturday, February 26, from 11 am to 12:15 pm. The re-enactors will talk about their contributions while shedding light on where their paths have crossed throughout their lives. Following the discussion, there will be a question and answer session. Appropriate for ages six and older. Free event, but please register to get the program link.

Learn about the lives of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Josiah Henson during our Black History Month Meeting of the Minds virtual program.

Educational Resources

Learn more about Josiah Henson and his role in African American history with educational resources on the Josiah Henson Museum and Park website. Complement your visit to Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park with videos, online resources, and reading lists for all ages about the Underground Railroad and related topics.

A copy of Reverend Josiah Henson’s biography dated 1876.

History in the Parks

Visit for more about Montgomery Parks’ historic sites, volunteer opportunities, and programs.

Log cabin onsite at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.

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