Fun Fact: The Significance of November 1st

On November 1, 1864, Maryland issued a new state constitution which abolished slavery.

Maryland was the first state below the Mason-Dixon line to abolish slavery by a vote of the people and not by an executive order. Governor Augustus W. Bradford certified the vote October 29, and the new constitution went into effect November 1. In 2020, a proclamation was issued naming November 1 “Emancipation Day” in Maryland.

This past week, Montgomery Parks hosted several activities centered on sharing the history of slavery in Maryland through live demonstrations, guided tours, and educational exhibitions. Events continue into this weekend with walking tours at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park and a special presentation by Dr. Rachel Carson at the Sandy Spring Slave Museum.

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