Local History on Display in Lancaster Park!
you attend the Juneteenth
Festival in Lancaster Park this year, don’t miss
the brand new “African American History Pathway.” Look
for the new wayside interpretive signs between the
United States Colored Troops Civil War Memorial Monument
and the historic “Flat top” building, now officially
designated the United States Colored Troops Memorial
Monument Interpretive Center!
Also not to be missed at
Juneteenth is UCACs’ award-winning exhibit on African
American education, “Remember the Past Look to the
Future,” which will be on display inside the
Interpretive Center. This exhibit tells the story of 100
years of segregated schooling in St. Mary’s County.
Park Named for Elmer Brown
The St. Mary’s County
Commissioners unanimously approved naming Freedom Park in Lexington Park after a
prominent citizen, Elmer Brown. The commissioners agreed
to rename the park, Elmer Brown Freedom Park.
his many accomplishments, Brown is the founder of the
Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions
(UCAC), which was responsible for erecting the monument. Dedicated on July 29, 2000, the monument recognizes the
important contributions of African Americans in the
following areas: religion, farming, trades, domestic
service, education, business, industry, community
service, arts, entertainment, health, sports,
government, politics, law enforcement, military service,
The monument is a
tall structure in the middle of
bright green grass at the corner of Tulagi Place and Route 235.
Physically, it is nothing but stone
and mortar surrounded by paths of
bricks. But to hundreds of
people in St. Mary's, it is a symbol
of the contribution that
African-Americans have made to the
progress of the region.
PRESERVING BLACK HISTORY - One Story at a Time
With so much of
the history of the African American people still
tucked away in their hearts and minds, it is
imperative to begin to speak, and to gather, and
to admire the contributions of America's Black
With nearly twenty
years of chronicling the many contributions of
the black population to the local history of a
small Maryland community, the Unified Committee
for Afro-American Contributions, a 501(C) 3
non-profit organization, recognizes the
importance of telling these stories to future
generations. Help us reach out to the
entire nation. Help us record a vanishing
Share your history.
Share your story.
Grandpa & Grandma, Mom & Dad, Aunts & Uncles ...
Look through the treasures in your attic ...
With All Deliberate Speed:
One High School's Story