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Where the Potomac & the Chesapeake meet

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Historic St. Mary’s City

18751 Hogaboom Lane, Visitor Center, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686

38.18070 -76.42963

(240) 895-4990

When the first permanent English settlement in Maryland was established at St. Mary’s City, Mathias de Souza, an indentured servant of African descent, was there at…

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Point Lookout State Park, Civil War Museum & Lighthouse

11175 Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687

38.06745 -76.33775

(301) 872-5688

National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site. During the Civil War Era, Point Lookout was first a hospital for wounded Union soldiers and then…

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Sotterley Plantation

44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636

38.37639 -76.54387

(301) 373-2280

National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site.  Sotterley’s  1830s slave cabin exemplifies typical slave housing in the Tidewater region yet also features unique architectural…

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African-American Monument and Freedom Park

21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park, MD 20653

38.26451 -76.45094

(301) 737-5447

The African-American Monument is located on the grounds of Freedom Park. It was dedicated on July 29, 2000 and recognizes African Americans and Aftrican-American organizations that…

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Cardinal Gibbons Park

48913 Seaside View Road, Ridge, MD 20680

38.13155 -76.38727

(301) 475-4200

Established in 1924 by Jesuit Father LaFarge as a vocational institute under the auspices of the Baltimore Diocese, and operated by educators from the Tuskegee Institute,…

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Drayden African-American Schoolhouse

18287 Cherryfield Road, Drayden, MD 20630

38.16213 -76.48225

(301) 994-1471

One of the best preserved African-American schoolhouses in the country, the one-room schoolhouse still occupies its original site and has not been significantly altered. Built circa…

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Old Jail Museum

11 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650

38.28938 -76.63507

(301) 475-2467

National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site. The Old Jail was built in 1858 and was in use through the early 1940s. Runaway slaves…

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“Pathway through History” Markers

21550 Willows Road, John G. Lancaster Park, Lexington Park, MD 20653

38.25621 -76.44948

Wayside interpretive signs mark milestones and challenges experienced by the African American community from the end of the Civil War up to World War II.  (See…

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St. Clement’s Island Museum

38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD 20626

38.22495 -76.75049

(301) 769-2222

Mathias de Sousa, cited as the first individual of African descent to settle in Maryland, was part of the first group of 140 colonists who landed…

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St. Peter Claver Church & McKenna Hall Museum

16922 St. Peter Claver Church Road, St. Inigoes, MD 20684

38.15069 -76.39317

(301) 872-5460

When the original 1918 church burned in 1934, Philip Frohman, architect of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., designed the new church which was completed in…

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United States Colored Troops Memorial Monument

21550 Willows Road, John G. Lancaster Park, Lexington Park, MD 20653

38.25647 -76.45319

(301) 737-5447

The monument is dedicated in grateful tribute to the United States Colored Troops of St. Mary’s County and honors the two USCT soldiers from St. Mary’s…

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