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

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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