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Hampton National Historic site in Towson announces black history events

1/11/2017, 6 a.m.
Hampton National Historic Site has published its Black History Month events available to the public. Read below for more information ...

— Hampton National Historic Site has published its Black History Month events available to the public. Read below for more information on the upcoming events.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!

January 29, 2017 "On The Hampton Plantation: The Overseer’s House and Slave Quarters Tour"

Dressed in period attire, Park Ranger Anokwale will guide visitors through the authentic slave quarters, dairy and overseer’s home and give voice to the enslaved African Americans who made the Ridgelys’ lavish lifestyle possible. Participants will have the opportunity to experience first hand, replicas of items used during the

1800s on the plantation.

February 5, 2017, 2-3 in orangery "Benjamin Banneker, First African American Man of Science"

Benjamin Banneker was a free African American almanac author, surveyor, naturalist and farmer. Born in Baltimore County, Maryland, to a free African American woman and a former slave, Banneker had little formal education and was largely self-taught. He is known for being part of a group led by Major Andrew Ellicott that surveyed the borders of the original District of Columbia, the federal capital district of the United States. His grandmother was a English Indentured Servant who taught him how to read and write.

February 12, 2017 1-2:30, "Forced Servitude at Hampton: In Black and White"

Experience the “peculiar institution” that fueled the United States’ economic engine and made vast plantations such as Hampton possible, through an enslaved woman’s eyes. Dressed in period attire, Park Ranger, Anokwale will take you on a 90 minute journey through the Hampton mansion, ice house, and octagon house foundation. She will share the history of those who toiled to make the Ridgelys’ lavish lifestyle possible.

February 19, 2017, 1-2:30 "On The Hampton Plantation: The Overseer’s House and Slave Quarters Tour"

Dressed in period attire, Park Ranger Anokwale will guide visitors through the authentic slave quarters, dairy and overseer’s home and give voice to the enslaved African Americans who made the Ridgelys’ lavish lifestyle possible. Participants will have the opportunity to experience first hand, replicas of items used during the

1800s on the plantation.

February 26, 2017, 2-3 in orangery "A Kinderman Black Hall of Fame Show"

Three time Emmy award winning children's TV show host, John "Kinderman" Taylor will teach children of all ages the contributions of African Americans to the United States and the world. Come sing, rhyme, dance and tap along while learning history.

Please remember that all events and programs at Hampton are FREE and open to the public. We do not accept reservations and seating is available on a first come first seated basis. Leave plenty of time to travel to the site, park your car, and walk to the appropriate location.

For more information call 410 823-1309 x254 or visit www.nps.gov/hamp

Located at 535 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286