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African American History Pathway

Located at:
John G. Lancaster Park
21550 Willows Road
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Park hours are every day, sunrise to sunset.

  • July 29, 2000 a dream became a reality. The newly erected St. Mary’s County African American Monument was dedicated

  • The monument is surrounded by six pedestals with bronze plaques and engraved bricks surrond to say thank you to ... the people who paved the way for them.

  • 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.

  • When attending the  Juneteenth Festival in Lancaster Park, 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!

  • 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.

What's in our Library?

  • Dedication Ceremony held on  June 16, 2012 at John G. Lancaster Park

  • Ceremony attendees included the Governor, Secretary Alvin Collins - Dept. of General Services, Delegate John Bohanan (who walked with us every step of the way), and St. Mary’s County Government 

Located at:
Route 235 South and Tulagi Place in Lexington Park.

The African American Monument in Southern Maryland

Located at:
John G. Lancaster Park
21550 Willows Road
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Park hours are every day, sunrise to sunset.

African American Interpretive Center

Located at:
John G. Lancaster Park
21550 Willows Road
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Park hours are every day, sunrise to sunset.