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Explore Stories of Local African Americans This Black History Month at the U.S. Colored Troops Interpretive Center & Drayden African American Schoolhouse

We are already halfway through the month of February! The public is encouraged to head to the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) Interpretive Center in Lexington Park and the Drayden African American Schoolhouse to explore the profound and significant contributions of African Americans in St. Mary’s County this month in honor of Black History Month. USCT Interpretive Center exhibits will be open and free to the public, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday in February: February 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, and 28. The Drayden African American Schoolhouse will be open for free tours to the public from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Saturday in February: February 17 and 24. Inside the USCT Interpretive Center, visitors can learn about two St. Mary’s County Congressional Medal of Honor recipients who served in the 38th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops and fought for the Union during the Civil War. These two men received the Medal of Honor for their valor and bravery at the Battle of New Market Heights, Virginia, in 1864. On the trail between the Interpretive Center in Lexington Manor Passive Park and John G. Lancaster Park, you can learn about the Civil […]

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