Black History Month provides the opportunity for both reflection on the past and discovery of the future.  Learn something new and explore Howard County!


The Ellicott City Colored School, Restored
Explore the one-room schoolhouse museum showcasing the history of African Americans in Howard County. 

Art & Culture: 

African Art Museum of Maryland
The Museum offers tours, exhibits, and treasure objects reflecting the fifty-five countries of Africa.

The Howard County Center of African American Culture
Stroll through history and learn about the rich and proud African American history of Howard County, Maryland.  


 February  11, 2019 @ 7:00pm:  New Town Entrepreneurship: Early Black- Owned Businesses in Columbia 

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

  • February 9th from 1-3 p.m. :African American Firsts

  • February 16th drop in from 1-3 p.m : Meet Mary Banneker at the Banneker Homestead Cabin. All ages welcome!

  • February 20th and 27th 4-5:30 p.m: After-school Special:  Simple Machines and More. Participants explore the use of simple machines and solve challenges experienced during Banneker’s lifetime in colonial Maryland. Ages 6-10; $3/person

  • February 22nd 6:30-8 p.m.: “Cold Moon” Hike & Campfire. Come observe the night sky in the spirit of Banneker with your family or friends.  Dress for the weather and bring a mug to enjoy our warm beverages and s’mores. Ages 5 and up; $3 person/ $10 family

  • February 23rd 12-3 p.m: Maple Sugaring at the Banneker Homestead. Maryland is at the southern edge of the eastern U.S. for tapping maple trees.  Mr. Banneker likely tapped maple trees to harvest one of nature’s delightful and nutritious sweeteners. Learn about the history of maple sugaring, help tap a tree, and taste the sticky treat for yourself! All ages; $3 person/ $10 family