The 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.”
A western Maryland church is inviting people to explore its historical connections to both slavery and the war that ended it.
The National Archives is placing the original Emancipation Proclamation on display in Washington to mark Black History Month.
New research has found that the red sandstone for one of the oldest buildings on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Castle, was quarried by slaves.
District government offices and schools are closed in observance of Emancipation Day.