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7 Ways To Honor & Celebrate Black History Month In Maryland

February 25, 2021

As we kick-off February, it is important to be intentional about honoring the lives, contributions, and legacies of Black men and women in our country. In order to celebrate Black History Month and help you to do the same, we have compiled some ways to celebrate and explore Black history in our very own state of Maryland.

Below is a list of different opportunities from Visit Maryland that you can participate in, both this month and year round, in order to celebrate the lives and legacies of African American heroes throughout history, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and countless others.

1. Frederick Douglass Driving Tour

Embark on a journey through the Eastern Shore, Annapolis, and Baltimore as you learn all about Frederick Douglass’ life and legacy. Visit Maryland has created a map and itinerary that you can follow, which include educational landmarks to stop at along the way.

2. Explore the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad

Follow along the network of safe houses and trails that Harriet Tubman created as she helped enslaved people travel north to freedom. You can plan your route and discover historical stopping points here.

3. The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

This museum celebrates the lives and accomplishments of African Americans throughout history with its over 150 life-size wax figures and exhibits.

4. African American Heritage Walking Tour

Any Saturday in February, attend this award-winning walking tour through Annapolis where you can explore the incredible impact African Americans had on Annapolis and abroad. Highlights include history about Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice. Tickets are $20/Adult & $5/Child. For more information or to book your ticket, visit Watermark Journey’s website.

5. B&O Railroad Museum

A visit to the B&O Railroad museum will teach visitors about the crucial contributions that African Americans had on the Baltimore to Ohio railroading system. You can also check out the B&O Museum’s African American Railroading Oral Archives video here to learn about African American experiences within the railroad and transportation industry.

6. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture

Located in downtown Baltimore, this Smithsonian affiliate provides 400 years worth of African American history in politics, sports, the arts, media, education, and so much more. Head on over to their website for details and to purchase tickets in advance.

7. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

This Baltimore County park aims to educate and connect visitors to the legacy of Benjamin Banneker, a free African American man from the 1700s. The park is offering children’s stories and crafts every Saturday during Black History Month. Find more info on their events, how to register, and their mission by visiting their website or Facebook page.

These opportunities are courtesy of Visit Maryland. For even more ways to celebrate Black History Month, check out Visit Maryland’s entire list of events here.

Because of ongoing changes in restrictions due to COVID-19, some of these locations may not be open. We recommend that you visit the organizations website and/or contact the location(s) before making your trip.

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