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Celebrating Local Black History near your Bethesda Apartment

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February is Black History Month, and the first Black History Month took place at Kent State University in 1970 after Black educators and the Black United Students proposed a way to honor and highlight the African diaspora’s shared history.


Six years after the first celebration at Kent State, Black History Month was being celebrated all across our country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small. When President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month in 1976, during the celebration of the US Bicentennial, he urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.


In the Black community, Black History Month was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of Black history clubs, with an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites. Today, it was a nationwide event with college majors dedicated entirely to the study of Black History. Taught in schools of all demographics across our nation, names like Fredrick Douglas and Harriet Tubman have become just as synonymous with American history as figures like George Washington and John Adams.


While we have a way to go for true equality in America, we can start by learning our shared history, as Black History is just as much American History as the stories of our white founding fathers. To learn a bit more about Black History, this month and every month of year, check out this local educational resource near your apartment.

Sandy Spring Slave Museum is an African art gallery that highlights the heritage of African American families in Montgomery County, the significant contributions that Africans Americans have made in building America, the struggle of civil rights through, and more through an extensive collection of historical art and artifacts.

Located about 15 miles from your Elm apartment, Sandy Spring is the end of 3.9 mile Underground Railroad Trail Experience that starts at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Center. The trail was created by the Montgomery County Parks system to commemorate the county’s role in the historic Underground Railroad operation, such as in 1857 when fugitive slave Dred Scott was given shelter at Sandy Spring and represented by the county attorney while the Supreme Court decided his fate.

Black History is alive and well around Bethesda, and it’s waiting for your visit to better understand the cultural roots of our historic region.

Sandy Spring Slave Museum, 18524 Brooke Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860