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Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commissions’ 2022 Black History Month Events

February 1 - February 28

Darnall’s Chance House Museum – Black History Month Virtual Book Discussion: “Stolen” with Richard Bell. Meet author Richard Bell, Professor of History at the University of Maryland, as he discusses his book entitled Stolen. Finalist for both the Harriet Tubman and George Washington prizes, this is the astonishing story of five free boys kidnapped from the North in 1825 and their harrowing journey to the deep South where they are sold into slavery. This true story shines light on the seldom told existence of the Reverse Underground Railroad run by human traffickers who stole away thousands of legally free African-Americans. Ages 16 & up. FREE! This program is brought to you by Darnall’s Chance House Museum in conjunction with the M-NCPPC Black History Program. No registration required. See the event live on Facebook at PGParks History. For more information call 301-952-8010 or email at darnallschance@pgparks.comWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2022 AT 7PM – 8PM

Marietta House Museum – “Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World” In honor of Black History Month, Marietta House Museum is pleased to welcome historian Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson from Johns Hopkins University’s History Department. Dr. Johnson will discuss her new book, “Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World”. A link to Microsoft Teams will be sent after registration. $5; Ages 12+ Free; Ages 12 and Under. For more information, contact 301-464-5291 or mariettahouse@pgparks.com. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2022 AT 6:30PM – 7:30PM

M-NCPPC Black History Program Family Day View the annual Black History Month exhibit, “More Than a Month: Commemorating 40 Years of the M-NCPPC Black History Program, 1982-2022,” and engage in a range of activities for all ages. Activities include film screenings, storytelling, art activities, and guided tours of the exhibition. All Ages; FREE at Harmony Hall Arts Center.

Darnall’s Chance House Museum – Black History Month Virtual Book Discussion: “A Question of Freedom” with William G. Thomas III. William G. Thomas III will share stories from his award-winning book “A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War.” Meet Ann Joice and the Mahoneys, enslaved families who fought for their freedom in the Prince George’s County Court. Hear how these cases challenged slaveholders and the institution of slavery itself with the help of lawyers like William Pinkney and Francis Scott Key. Ages 16 & up FREE! This program is brought to you by Darnall’s Chance House Museum in conjunction with the M-NCPPC Black History Program. No registration required. See the event live on Facebook at PGParks History. For more information call 301-952-8010 or email at darnallschance@pgparks.com. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2022 AT 7PM – 8PM

Montpelier House Museum – “Fighting Destiny: The Untold Story of Montpelier’s Enslaved Population” During this tour, visitors will hear what research has been uncovered about enslaved people at Montpelier House Museum, including many names, how some may have been brought to Maryland, and what we know about their lives before and after emancipation. Ages 16+; Free for Prince George’s & Montgomery County Residents, $5 for all others. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2022 AT 1PM – 2:30PM

Montpelier House Museum – Montpelier House Museum is thrilled to bring you the first installment of the Uhuru Quilters’ Guild exhibit, “We Make Black History-Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” These seven quilts speak especially well to the theme of Black History Month, featuring just a few of the countless African Americans in the recent and long-ago past who made a huge difference for all Americans. Email montpeliermansion@pgparks.com or call Phone: 301-377-7817; TTY 301-699-2544 for more information

Riversdale House Museum – “The Plummer’s Kitchen” Join the Riversdale Kitchen Guild & interpreter Marvin-Alonzo Greer as they prepare foods popular among enslaved communities in Maryland. Discover the stories of Adam Francis Plummer, his family, and other enslaved individuals during family-friendly self-guided tours of the historic house. FREE! Note: registration is not required, but indoor capacity limits are in place. For more information and questions: riversdale@pgparks.com or 301.864.0420. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2022 AT 12PM – 3:30PM

For more activities hosted by the Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County please refer to this e-brochure.