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Emancipation Day

Saturday, November 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the day in 1864 when Maryland changed its constitution to abolish slavery six months before the end of the Civil War. Button Farm will commemorate 155 years of freedom in Maryland with music, food and history. To mark the occasion we invite the public to participate in the reading of over 3,000 names of enslaved people who were freed in Montgomery County. To sign up to read or to get more information, contact: Joy Turner at 301 832-8034.  Student Service Learning Hours will be given to all participating students.

This will be followed by historian Anthony Cohen, who will lead a bonfire presentation of the emancipation story, and will guide participants on a walk to the Button Farm slave cemetery. The day will culminate with a moving performance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices, who will perform songs of freedom inspired by Montgomery County’s Underground Railroad. Throughout the event self-guided tours and activities will be on hand for lovers of history and freedom!


12:00-4:00 — Self guided tours of the farm and activities

12:30-1:30 — The Emancipation: Reading of the Names

1:30-2:30 — The Story of Emancipation & Slave Cemetery Walk

2:30-3:30 — The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices

Special thanks to Heritage Montgomery, our co-sponsor in this event.


Saturday, November 2, 2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Button Farm Living History Center
16820 Black Rock Road
Germantown, MD 20874
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