February is Black History Month, and the community is coming together in Prince George’s to honor its African-American history, influence, and power. Bring the kids to a storytime, catch a concert, listen to African instruments, explore historic sites, and so much more in a region that has an extensive African American history.
Honor Black history with one of these 10 events or activities in Prince George’s:
- Bring your preschoolers to the Black History Month Ready 2 Read Storytime at the Bladensburg library on February 1. Kids will get to hear fun stories, sing songs, and follow along as they play.
- Walk through the Northampton Slave Quarters and Archaeological Park in Bowie. Rebuilt foundations and informational signs detail the lives of the enslaved people who lived on the plantation in the early 1800s.
- On February 6, you can participate in an engaging, all-ages performance and discussion of West African history and culture at the South Bowie library. The Beauty of African Rhythm: An Introduction to Traditional West African Instruments event will explore the art of playing, construction details, and musical significance.
- Learn about African American pilots at a Black Aviators Tour at the College Park Aviation Museum. The free February 10 tour lasts about an hour and covers the national story of Black aviation history.
- Take in the Voices from the Past: Camilla Williams show at the Montpelier Arts Center on February 11. The concert, produced by the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts, will convey the history of the oft-forgotten Black soprano.
- Listen to the artists and curators of “The Chosen Family” and “The Genesis Project: Volume 3” talk about their work at the Brentwood Arts Exchange in Hyattsville. The talk on February 17 will dig deep into the themes and foundations of their work.
- Get tickets for Araminta: An American Shero at the Bowie Center for Performing Arts. On February 18, actors will tell the real story of young Harriet Tubman, set in the 1800s in Dorchester County, Maryland.
- Visit Bowie’s Belair Mansion, where many enslaved people ran from the Ogle and Tasker families. This site is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site.
- Take a journey with Rosa Parks to meet remarkable figures in African American history, from Frederick Douglass, to Sojourner Truth to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The family-friendly show will take the stage at Prince George’s Publick Playhouse on February 21.
- Reminisce about baseball’s past at Blacksox Park in Bowie, which was once home to two local African American baseball teams, the Mitchellville Tigers and the Washington Blacksox, and one Negro League team, the Homestead Grays. You’ll now find baseball fields, playgrounds, and trails.
Experience more Black history in Prince George’s County at one of these spots.
Be sure to confirm hours of operation before visiting each location.