African American Heritage Guide
From the earliest days of the 18th century, the lives, the sacrifices and the contributions of African-Americans have left an indelible impression on Washington County, Maryland. In 1820, 14% of the population was enslaved; Maryland's average however was 26%. By 1860, there were more free African-Americans than slaves in Washington County. Slavery was abolished in Maryland in the fall of 1864.
There are many historic African-American sites in Washington County. Those described in the brochure represent some highlights that we hope will engage and encourage you to further exploration of this rich history.Click here to download the brochure.