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Montgomery Parks celebrates the birthday of abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Josiah Henson

Home / Montgomery Parks celebrates the birthday of abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Josiah Henson

Concert and afternoon of activities planned for June 15, 2024. 

WHEATON, Md. – Join Montgomery Parks in celebrating the birthday of abolitionist Josiah Henson on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at the Josiah Henson Museum and Park. 

A group of visitors outside of the Josiah Henson Museum

What:     Josiah Henson Birthday Celebration 

When:     Saturday, June 15, 2024 
                10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Where:    Josiah Henson Museum and Park 
                 11410 Old Georgetown Road, North, Bethesda, MD 20852 

Parking:  Wall Local Park
5900 Executive Blvd, North Bethesda, MD 20852 
   (A shuttle will run between the parking lot and the museum.)                                         

Josiah Henson’s life story takes center stage during an afternoon of free activities at the Josiah Henson Museum and Park, the site of the former plantation where Henson was enslaved. The Visitor Center and the historic Riley-Bolten house will be open to guests. Visitors will have the chance to play lawn games and learn about the archaeological work at the site. Crafts and concessions will be available. There will also be a series of scheduled activities. 

Josiah Henson Celebration Schedule 

All day activities

Timed Activities 

About Josiah Henson 

Josiah Henson was born into slavery in Charles County, Maryland in 1789. In his lifetime, he witnessed the horrors of slavery, escaped to freedom in Canada, and became a conductor on the Underground Railroad, helping others escape bondage. Henson’s autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark abolitionist novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Henson’s complete life story, told in his own words, is featured at the Josiah Henson Museum and Park. 

About Montgomery Parks   

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 419 parks. Montgomery Parks is focused on promoting physical activity, social connectivity, and environmental stewardship, especially in diverse and urbanizing areas, with an emphasis on teens, working-age adults, and seniors. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. MontgomeryParks.org  

Accessibility at Parks

Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit Montgomery Parks Accessibility for more information.   

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