Montgomery Parks Offering Free Guided Tours and Hosting Spoken Word Poetry Events for Black History Month

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To celebrate Black History Month, Montgomery Parks will be offering free tours of Josiah Henson Park and hosting “Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom” spoken word poetry event in Bethesda, MD.

WHAT: A historic resource of international significance, Josiah Henson Park is named after Rev. Henson whose 1849 autobiography was the inspiration behind Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

·        “A Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps” free guided tours retracting Rev. Henson’s life from enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom

·        Hourly screenings of the PBS Time Team America documentary “The Search for Josiah Henson”

·        Culmination of the weekend will be the Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom.” Bringing together original poetry, songs, and other artistic expressions of all ages.

WHO: Montgomery Parks’ Museum Manager or Historical Interpretive Staff available to discuss both our events and the historical sites that can be found in Montgomery County, Maryland

SOCIAL: Join @MontgomeryParks for their #BlackHistoryMonth events including spoken word poetry. Learn more at bit.ly/2jAF9pM 

WHEN: Throughout February, with events on February 25 & 26, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

WHERE: Josiah Henson Park, 11420 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

VISUALS: On-Camera Interview, Historic Site/Archaeology Dig, Park Patrons/Spoken Word Event

Museum Manager Available to Discuss Local Historic Sites and Events

CONTACT: Jordan Gray, Assistant Public Affairs Manager, Montgomery Parks. Jordan.Gray@MontgomeryParks.org or 301-518-7335/202-415-1840

by Misha Roth

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