African American History

African Americans have played a significant role in the history of Prince George’s County, as illustrated in numerous historic sites, schools, and settlements; St. Paul’s (Free Hope Baptist) Church, Blacksox Park, Abraham Hall, St. Mary’s Beneficial Society Hall, Mt. Nebo Church, the Charles Duckett Log Cabin, Dorsey Chapel, and the Northampton Slave Quarter Site and Archaeological Park.

Free black families living in the County prior to the Civil War were not able to acquire titles to land until the 1870s or later.

Discover the richness and diversity that Prince George’s County has to offer. For over 300 years, African Americans have raised families and built communities that have been vital to the growth and development of Prince George’s County and its history. They have established neighborhoods and built physical structures, many of which survive in the midst of the County’s ever changing landscape.

The African-American Heritage Sites Guide invites you to take a visual journey to those African American historic sites and buildings — whether through offered guided tours (specific locations) or self-guided tours. Through its history depictions and imagery, the AAHS guide describes the origins, functions and architectural style of each site, and is the perfect keepsake for you to use and share.

Download a PDF of this Guide

Special activities, programs, and events are held at our Historic sites throughout the year.