Celebrate Black History Month in Easton, MD


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January 23, 2023

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Celebrate Black History Month in Easton, MD

Easton, MD – Rich with history and tales of new and old, Easton is the perfect place to dive into African-American History month and is the location of several educational and significant events in February.  

Ongoing: Explore Easton’s Hill Community on a self-guided walking tour. The Hill has been home to free African Americans since the 1780s and is considered one of the oldest communities of this nature, perhaps surpassing New Orlean’s famed Treme in age and significance. The tour is at your own pace, generally about an hour of walking time. Art exhibitions focusing on African-American history are featured at the Talbot County Historical Society “Voices of the African American Experience” downtown and at the Water’s Edge Museum, “Celebrating America’s Founding Black Families”  is on display in nearby Oxford, MD.

On February 1, Jeffrey McGuiness, author of Bear Me Into Freedom: The Talbot County of Frederick Douglass, will give a lecture and presentation at the Talbot Historical Society. McGuiness will also host Frederick Douglass’s Eleven Years in Talbot County: A Photographic Essay, on February 23, 2:00 PM at Easton Club East. At the Academy Art Museum, children and the young at heart are invited to enjoy an interactive art project. Participants will create a 3-D replica of Rosa Parks’ house on Saturday, January 28th, at 1:00PM.

Concluding the month is a limited seating, ticketed event. Frederick Douglass: The 205th Anniversary Celebration will be live at the Avalon Theater on February 18th. Douglass, who was born on the Eastern Shore, will be portrayed by Phil Darius Wallace. Wallace is a Hollywood actor who stars in the upcoming movie, Queen Rising.  Award-winning actress Millicent Sparks will portray Harriet Tubman, who was also born in nearby Dorchester County.  Immediately following the show will be an unveiling of an 8-foot-tall Portrait of Frederick Douglass by Oscar-winning artist Kazu Hiro.

For more information on these events, please visit https://discovereaston.com/blackhistorymonth/

About Easton EDC: The Easton Economic Development Corporation was launched in 2013 to drive economic vitality, smart redevelopment, and business creation in the historic Town of Easton, Maryland to foster a healthy quality of life for all generations. The EEDC works to catalyze Greater Easton’s continued prosperity as a diverse and healthy “smart town,” leading innovation where the land and water meet. www.DiscoverEaston.com