Juneteenth Celebration

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Juneteenth Celebration

June 19 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join us on Sunday, June 19th, 2022 for our annual Juneteenth Celebration and fundraiser! Juneteenth is a day when we celebrate the freedom of all people and it marks a very important event in history- the arrival of Federal troops at Galveston, Texas to make sure that slavery would be ended forever!

Location Updated

The 2022 Juneteenth celebration and fundraiser has been relocated to:

Rockland Estates
9030 Sharpsburg Pike
Fairplay, MD  21733

Rockland Estates was once known as Frisby Tilghman Farm and was the home of James W.C. Pennington, a slave who escaped the farm and went on to become a famous orator, minister, writer, and abolitionist activist. Dean Herrin, retired Chief Historian, of the National Capital Region of the National Park Service will be joining us to the fascinating story of Mr. Pennington!

Our celebration will include:

Living History

Living history reenactors will bring the past to life with presentations and question and answer sessions with important figures from Black history.

  • Nathan Richardson as Frederick Douglass
  • Valerie Davis as Anna Douglass
  • Tim Hodges as Martin Delaney
  • Edna Williams as Harriet Tubman
  • Doug Dobbs as John Brown

Nathan Richardson as Frederick Douglass; Valerie Davis as Anna Douglass; Tim Hodges as Martin Delaney; Edna Williams as Harriet Tubman; Doug Dobbs as John Brown.

Entertainment & Presentations

  • Enjoy live music and Oldies & Goodies by Ed Branthaver
  • Meet authors Bob O’Conner, Ted Ellis, Ed Maliskas (John Brown to James Brown)
  • Listen to storytellers Fanny Crawford and Grandmother Edna Williams
  • Learn about the past with historians ZSun-nee Matema, Dr. Emilie Amt, and Dr. Arnold Hence
  • Jean Libby Presents the Story of Rev. Thomas W Henry (Zoom)
  • National Park Service Historian, Retired, Dr. Dean Herrin:
    Presentation on James W. Pennington, (Freedom-seeker)

We are currently seeking vendors for food, art, clothing, etc. – please contact Ron Lytle at 304-539-1650.

Download the Juneteenth Event PDF here >


Sponsored by the African American Historical Association of Western Maryland and the Hagerstown & Washington County Maryland Convention & Visitors Bureau. 


June 19
11:00 am - 6:00 pm


Ron Lytle


Rockland Estate
9030 Sharpsburg Pike
Fairplay, 21733
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Lend Your Support

Our goal is to offer most of our programs for free to the public. In order to do so at times we need to rent facilities and provided refreshments or speaker fees. Please consider donating using our GoFundMe page. Thank you for your support.