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Marietta House Museum and the Prince George’s County Historical Society Present:
Beyond Old Bowie: A 20-Year Search for African and Prince George’s County, MD Ancestors

Marietta House Museum

Please join us for a hybrid program on Saturday, June 10 from 1–3 p.m., as Nathania Branch Miles, of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Prince George’s County, and family researchers Denise Barton and Karen Pearson, present a family journey with place-based research and online information, leading them to numerous other family members and names, such as Duckett, Spriggs, Clark, Queen, and more.  The oral and documented history of the Barton-Johnson branch of the family includes property in “Old Bowie” and family burials in the Sacred Heart and Ascension Catholic churches. Prince George’s County genealogical resources information will be shared during this presentation.

Denise Barton spent her career in public service, including being an Assistant Attorney General in Michigan.  Ms. Barton and her husband live in Ann Arbor. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. 

Karen Pearson lives in Texas with her son and his family and has a daughter in New York.  Karen spent her career in non-profit management and established “The Reading Light”, an initiative that helps adults gain independence.

Recommended for ages 12 & up (ages under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Walk-ins welcome. Registration is recommended but not required, however, online participants must register. Direct link for registration:

For more information, please call 301-464-5291 or email 

We look forward to seeing you.

Marietta House Museum is located at 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, MD 20769, and is a property of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission



Juneteenth Events
Mount Calvary Catholic Church: Juneteenth Freedom Day Mass

Principal Celebrant: Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Archbishop of Washington
Concelebrant:  Most Reverend Roy E. Campbell, Jr., Auxiliary Bishop of Washington. 

Join Us for the Annapolis Juneteenth Parade!

June 17 • 12 p.m.

Again this year, the museum, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, the Banneker-Douglass Museum Foundation, Inc., and the Friends of Banneker-Douglass Museum groups will all be participating in the Annapolis Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 17 at noon, Annapolis City Dock. We would love to see you cheer us on for this celebratory event!

Visit for more information about all of the activities associated with this fun-filled and educational weekend.



The Banneker-Douglass Museum Celebrates Juneteenth With Engaging Events

Banneker-Douglass Museum

Annapolis, Md. (May 30, 2023)—The Banneker-Douglass Museum will celebrate Juneteenth month with a host of engaging and exciting events. Continuing to carry out the mission of preserving Maryland’s African American heritage, the Banneker-Douglass Museum aims to provide visitors and residents with impactful experiences through programs and exhibitions in June.



Friends of Banneker-Douglass Museum John A. Makell Scholarship Ceremony

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 | 4 p.m.

Banneker-Douglass Museum

84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

The Friends of Banneker-Douglass Museum will present scholarships in honor of John A. Makell, celebrating his 21 years of service to the museum.


Youth Art Exhibit and After-School Program Finale

*Great for families and children!

Saturday, June 17, 2023 | 10–11:30 a.m.

Banneker-Douglass Museum

84 Franklin Street, Annapolis MD 21401

Exciting news: First Lady of Maryland, Dawn Moore, will speak at this celebration of youth creativity and expression! Over the past several months, our dedicated young artists of the BDM After-School Program have honed their skills and explored their passions through a variety of mediums, from painting and drawing to photography and mixed media, led by teaching artist Nikki Brooks. The After-School Program is organized in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, and supported by BGE, Anne Arundel County, and Annapolis Symphony Academy. Breakfast will be served.

Exhibiting artists: Nyrek Banks, Eian Burno, Zion Cheak, Jazzlyn Gladden, Zaria Harris, Xion Mackell, Quencii Scott, and Breon Wells.

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Annapolis Juneteenth Parade

Saturday, June 17, 2023 | 12 p.m.

West and Main Streets, Annapolis MD 21401

The Banneker-Douglass Museum, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, the Banneker-Douglass Museum Foundation, and the Friends of Banneker-Douglass Museum groups will all be participating again this year in the Annapolis Juneteenth parade. We would love to have you cheer us on for this celebratory event!



The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy
On display through September 30, 2023

Guest curated by Myrtis Bedolla of Galerie Myrtis, The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy presents fine art by seventeen Black Maryland-based artists, including the Banneker-Douglass Museum’s Fine Art Collection, to examine historic and contemporary themes of Black joy and healing created in opposition to and despite oppression.


Deep Roots, Rising Waters:
A Celebration of African Americans in Maryland Permanent Exhibit

This exhibition provides an overview of African American history in Maryland from 1633 through the Civil Rights Era. Learn how African Americans throughout Maryland made lasting changes for all Americans.

Learn more about current exhibitions: .



Strathmore Celebrates Juneteenth With Step Afrika! Step Xplosion
Performance includes explosive new work by Step Afrika!, crowd favorite Dem’ Raider Boyz, and four talented step teams from Maryland, Virginia, and New York

North Bethesda, Md. (June 6, 2023)—Strathmore, a premier arts center in the Washington, DC area, and Step Afrika!, the country’s first professional dance company dedicated to the African American tradition of stepping, will present Step Xplosion on Juneteenth—Monday, June 19—at 7 p.m. in Strathmore’s Music Center. The show, now in its 8th year with Strathmore, honors stepping’s rich roots in the Black fraternity and sorority experience and its presence in the daily and future lives of students.

“As the oldest African American holiday in the country, Juneteenth can also be considered America’s second Independence Day, and the 19th of June has always been both a day of reflection and celebration,” says C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika!’s founder and executive producer. “Step Afrika! is one of the most celebrated African American dance companies in the world, and we are honored to partner with Strathmore on this day to bring communities together to mark the end of slavery in the United States.”

This year’s Step Xplosion will feature the local premiere of The Movement, a new work choreographed by Step Afrika!’s assistant artistic director and longstanding performer, Conrad Kelly II. It’s an epic tribute to Black Lives Matter and the domino effect of activism experienced in 2020. Embodying the passion and power of protest, the piece demonstrates how one can become many as we step towards social justice. The Movement has been performed live only one other time, in New York City, and Strathmore and Step Afrika! are excited to premiere the work at home in the DMV.

Additionally, Step Xplosion will feature DjG, the Disk Jockey General, and dynamic performances from some of the most exciting and innovative middle school, high school, and college step teams in the region: Virginia State University NPHC All-Stars (Petersburg, VA); Brooklyn Divas (Brooklyn, NY); Dem’ Raider Boyz Step Squad (Greenbelt, MD); Blue MaDness Stroll Team (Bowie, MD); and Fatal Attraction Step Squad (Baltimore, MD).

“Step Afrika! continues to energize and educate us in remarkable ways,” says Joi Brown, Strathmore’s artistic director and vice president of programming. “The Strathmore performance scheduled for Juneteenth will be another mile marker in our robust partnership with Step Afrika! It will feature not only the return of in-person regional step teams selected by Step Afrika! but also the regional premiere of The Movement—an extraordinary celebration of determination and resilience.” 


Pre-Event Workshop

In addition to the show, Strathmore will offer two 30-minute pre-concert step workshops on Monday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. in the Music Center, led by Step Afrika! performers and guest artists. Open to all ages and skill levels, the workshops will cover the history and basic techniques of stepping. Admission is included with purchase of show ticket, but RSVPs are required.

“We are delighted to offer another pathway into the electric experience of step with all-ages workshops prior to the performance,” says Lauren Campbell, Strathmore’s vice president of education and community engagement. “Our nearly decade-long partnership with Step Afrika! has always included robust educational outreach—including step residencies at Montgomery County Public Schools—and community participation, which are core commitments of both organizations.”

Tickets for Step Xplosion and other Strathmore performances are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by calling the Strathmore Box Office at 301.585.1050.




Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County Announces 2023 Fairwood Community Park Performance Series

Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation

Riverdale, Md. (May 30, 2023)—The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County is pleased to present the 2023 Fairwood Community Park Performance Series. This incredible—free—series shines a light on many phenomenal artists resident in Prince George’s County and has been bringing community residents, artists, and culture lovers together since 2013. With a sizzling lineup of diverse genres covering Caribbean to Cumbia, R&B to Soul, Gospel to Motown, as well as a performance by Prince George’s County’s Shakespeare in the Parks, this year’s Fairwood Community Park Performance Series promises something for everyone. 

This year’s series kicks off on Sunday, June 11, and will continue select Sundays throughout the summer. Featured artists include Pan Masters Steel Orchestra, Los Nuevos Diablos de la Cumbia, Eclipse International, Tribe Band, Deborah Bond, Suttle, DuPont Brass, the Prince George’s County Chorale Society, Bowie State University Chorale, Black History, 8 Ohms Band and Marcus Johnson.  

Grab your lawn chair or blanket and join us at Fairwood Community Park in Bowie as we immerse ourselves in the sweet, smooth sounds of live music. For more information and to view the full lineup, visit 


The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment in Prince George’s County. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit?www. stay connected on?Facebook,?Twitter,?PhotoShelter, and?Instagram. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.


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