African American History

African Americans have played a significant role in the history of Prince George’s County as illustrated in numerous historical sites, schools, and settlements such as St. Paul’s (Free Hope Baptist) Church, Blacksox Park, Abraham Hall, St. Mary’s Beneficial Society Hall, Mount 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. However, over decades and generations, black families began to prosper. 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 for over 300 years. 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 is available for you to take a visual journey to African American historical sites and buildings through guided tours (specific locations) or self-guided tours.

Download a PDF of this Guide

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