The Maryland Historical Society Celebrates Juneteenth on Sunday June 19th

For Immediate Release, Contact: Marc Apter, 301-904-3690 mapter@mdhs.org

 The Maryland Historical Society Celebrates Juneteenth on Sunday June 19th

African-American Actors Perform Scenes from the Lives of

 Harriet Tubman and Christian Fleetwoot

Baltimore, Maryland (June 14, 2011) –On Sunday, June 19th, The Maryland Historical Society will celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The Maryland Historical Society Players will bring the stories of Harriet Tubman and Christian Fleetwood to life from 12-5 P.M. at 201 W. Monument St. Baltimore, MD in the Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War exhibit gallery. $6 for adults; 4 for children. Reservations not required. Contact 410-685-3750 ext. 337 or estafford@mdhs.org.

The Maryland Historical Society Players highlight Christian Fleetwood, the first African-American from Maryland to receive the Medal of Honor in the Civil War, and Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist from Dorchester County, Maryland. She is the best known of all the Underground Railroad's conductors. Christian Fleetwood was a free person of color from Baltimore, Maryland.

The Maryland Historical Society Players highlight important events and fascinating individuals who played an important role in Maryland’s heritage. An ensemble of period-costumed professional actors transforms the gallery into a theatrical experience and provides additional insight into the exhibit. This troupe of actors also serves as guides for the Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War exhibit.

The Maryland Historical Society was founded in 1844 and is the world’s largest museum and library dedicated to the history of Maryland. Occupying an entire city block in the Mount Vernon District of Baltimore, the society’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect Maryland’s diverse cultural heritage.” The society is home to the original manuscript of the Star Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled “Maryland Historical Magazine.” More information about the Maryland Historical Society can be found online at http://www.mdhs.org/ 

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The 4th Regiment, United States Colored Troops flag

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The 4th Regiment, United States Colored Troops flag is currently displayed in the Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War exhibit at the Maryland Historical Society. The Flag was carried by African-American Christian Fleetwood in the battle of Chaffin’s Farm, Virginia on September 29, 1864. Fleetwood was the first African-American from Maryland to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courage in battle.

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