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MARYLAND EMANCIPATION DAY
A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019

Noon-4PM: FREE ADMISSION
BUTTON FARM LIVING HISTORY CENTER
16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown, MD 20874


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 at this family friendly event.

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SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

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

12:30-completion
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


READING OF THE NAMES
12:30-completion

On November 1, 1864, in the lingering months for the American Civil War, the legislature changed the Maryland state  constitution to abolish slavery. As a result of the general emancipation which followed, a special census of enslaved people was taken; recording the names of both the formerly enslaved and those who had previously owned them.

On Saturday we will read the names of  individuals and families from Montgomery County who were released from bondage.  To commemorate this important event, we are seeking volunteers who will join us and help read the names. We anticipate the reading of the names will take up to 90 minutes to complete. 

 
LIFT EVERY VOICE!
Readers, aged 12 to adult, are invited to participate. Individuals, families and groups my sign up to read names, solo or together. On average each reader will read for 5  minutes.

Descendants of those—both enslaved and enslavers—on the list from Montgomery County, will be given the opportunity to read the names of their specific family members. If you are from an old Montgomery County family, let us know and we will check the list. If you find the name of an ancestor, we will let you read it at the event. 

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. 

STORY OF EMANCIPATION & SLAVE CEMETERY WALK
1:30-2:30
Menare Foundation founder and president, Anthony Cohen, will lead a bonfire presentation of the story of emancipation. Learn how enslaved communities in Maryland and throughout the South commemorated the day of their liberation. Following this brief presentation Cohen will guide the group on a walk to the Button Farm slave cemetery. Hay ride transport to and from the burial ground will also be available. 

WASHINGTON REVELS
JUBILEE VOICES

2:30-3:30
The day will finish with a magnificent performance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices, who will sing songs of freedom inspired by the people and places of Montgomery County’s Underground Railroad.

The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices ensemble is committed to the preservation of African-American history and traditions–presenting songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs, as expressed through a cappella music, drama and dance. Inaugurated in 2010, the group now performs regularly at heritage sites throughout the Washington DC area, singing, sharing, and learning the stories of the people in those communities.

Along with the music, Jubilee Voices also explores the poetry and writings of the period, along with first- and third-person portrayals of African Americans whose stories are a vital contribution to American history. 

Volunteers: Come Lend Us A Hand

The Button Farm Living History Center seeks volunteers to help with the day's activities. Set up begins at 11am, and breakdown concludes at 4:30. Youth and adults, age 16 and older, (or under 16 accompanied by a guardian) may sign up for this event. SSL HOURS will be provided to all volunteers. 

Please contact Cara Light at caly.light@gmail.com if you are able to help. Thank you for your continued support. 

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