Maryland’s African-American experience is full of accomplishments and sacrifices, past and present, that have shaped both a culture and a nation. Begin in Baltimore, where you’ll find museums, parks and destinations celebrating Mother Mary Lange, Frederick Douglass and music legends Eubie Blake, Chick Webb and Cab Calloway. Join a walking tour of the Pennsylvania Avenue Heritage Trail, which reveals the area’s jazz roots and its role in the Civil Rights movement. Experience the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, which takes visitors on a unique journey with lifelike exhibits, and don’t miss the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture. Then explore the thriving cultural legacy in Maryland’s landscapes where you can enjoy a trip on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.
Most famous for her role as an Underground Railroad conductor, Harriet Tubman was born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, successfully escaped to Philadelphia in 1849, and then boldly returned 13 times to rescue family and friends and guide them safely to freedom. Discover her homeland and feel the risk and promise of freedom in places familiar to her.
Rising above his humble beginnings in slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Frederick Douglass learned to read and write and then escaped from bondage, while working in Baltimore’s shipyards. Using his acute acumen and incisive writing and oratory skills, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, a social reformer and statesman. Follow in his footsteps and be inspired by his legacy.
Maryland offers the perfect location for your next reunion. Throughout the state, you’ll find diverse destinations, tours , attractions and accommodations to make your next get together a memorable one.
Honor the past while celebrating in the present! Maryland hosts a number of ethnic events and celebrations of African-American pride and heritage including Jubilee Maryland's Emancipation Day Events.