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Drayden African American Schoolhouse Offering Open Houses for Juneteenth

St. Mary’s County Government’s Museum Division, in partnership with the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC), will be offering free open houses for visitors and the community at the Drayden African American Schoolhouse for Juneteenth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2024; Sunday, June 16, 2024; and Wednesday, June 19, 2024. The Drayden African American Schoolhouse is one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses, and its story represents a significant part of St. Mary’s County’s African American history. Visitors are invited to learn more about the restored schoolhouse, its rich history and importance to education in St. Mary’s County. Hear the real stories about how African American students learned in this school up until the mid-20th century. “We are so pleased to open the Drayden African American Schoolhouse during Juneteenth weekend, so that our community can learn more about this important piece of our county’s African American history,” says Karen Stone, Manager of the St. Mary’s County Museum Division. “We appreciate the continuing support of the volunteers who man the interpretive center for us, most of whom are members of the UCAC.” The Museum Division also offers special programs for school, bus, and other […]

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