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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- Fun Fact: Which Maryland County Was the Home of Harriet Tubman?
- Fun Fact: Which County is Home to a Community Built by Former Slaves Who Fought in the Civil War?
- Fun Fact: Did You Know that the Jacob Leverton Dwelling in Caroline County is the Only Documented Underground Railroad Station Building Remaining on the Eastern Shore?
- Fun Fact: Did You Know that Inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin Came From a Slave in Montgomery County?