October 24, 2019
Each November, Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, celebrates Maryland Emancipation Day on November 1st, commemorating the adoption of the 1864 Maryland Constitution which abolished slavery in the state of Maryland. This year’s free activities take place all weekend long, beginning Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 3. Emancipation Day is celebrated at three Montgomery Parks locations:
Special Emancipation Day Events will be held on Saturday, November 3 at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park in Olney.
Activities at Oakley Cabin will include hearth cooking demonstrations, candle dipping, archaeological hands-on activities, guided cabin tours, live blues music featuring the Brian Cunningham Project throughout the afternoon, stories from the past with Anokwale – The Truth Teller, crafts, and old-fashion games for children.
Montgomery Parks joins other historic sites throughout the county to celebrate this special occasion. Park hosted events are free and open to the public. A schedule of weekend events is outlined below. More details are available at HistoryInTheParks.org.
Friday, November 1
Saturday, November 2
Sunday, November 3
For more information about Montgomery Parks’ Emancipation Day programming and to stay informed of upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and training dates, visit HistoryInTheParks.org.