Black Towns, Established By Freed Slaves, Are Dying OutThe old people used to say that Sugarland, Maryland, one of the hundreds of all-black towns and communities established by freed slaves after the Civil War, got its name because its founders believed that "the women here were as sweet as sugar."
Western Md. Church Linked To Slavery, Civil WarA western Maryland church is inviting people to explore its historical connections to both slavery and the war that ended it.
U.S. Archives To Display Emancipation ProclamationThe National Archives is placing the original Emancipation Proclamation on display in Washington to mark Black History Month.
Researcher: Slaves Quarried Stone For SmithsonianNew research has found that the red sandstone for one of the oldest buildings on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Castle, was quarried by slaves.
D.C. Government Closed In Honor Of Emancipation DayDistrict government offices and schools are closed in observance of Emancipation Day.

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