Upcoming  Events

January 15th, 2018


Celebrate the role of Mrs. Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Mrs. King marched hand-in-hand with her husband throughout the turbulent 50’s and 60’s, to help bring about social change while gaining equal rights for African Americans.

12:30 to 2:00PM
FREE of Charge

We will be accepting non-perishable food items and toiletries.  These items will be donated to SARC.

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 13th: The Film
A Netflix Original Documentary
From AVA DuVernay
Director of SELMA
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
12PM to 3:30PM

Join us for this enlightening film screening followed by a panel discussion and talk back about the film, mass incarceration, and ways we can make a change in the community.  We encourage youth to participate.

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A Conversation with Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian:  A Life and Legacy.
Thursday, February 15th, 2018
6:30PM  | Chesapeake Dining Room at Harford Community College

Strategist in the movement spearheaded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Freedom Rider, Civil and Voting Rights Activist, Humanitarian, Social Justice Advocate, Crusader, and Presidential Medal of Freedom Honoree.

To RSVP for the evening program, contact or call 443-412-2224


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Past Events

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A Day of Commemoration through History and Culture
Kid’s Activities, Face Painting, Costumed Interpreters, History Presentations
Re-enactments, Music, Crafts Vendors, Food Trucks, Silent Auction, Museum Store and more . . .

Come and enjoy a tour of the National Historic Districts of Berkley and Darlington, to include an Underground Railroad station and settlements of the Society of Friends (Quakers). You will cover territory traveled by Marquis de Lafayette as they journeyed to Yorktown. You will cover territory traveled by Marquis de Lafayette as they journeyed to Yorktown. You’ll visit Harford County’s first public school for African Americans; the historic church that started Harford County’s iconic Apple Festival; and more.

JUNE 17, 2017
10 am to 5 pm

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Donations/Tickets: $35
Children 12 and under: $15
Lunch included.


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Join us for an exclusive Sesquicentennial celebration featuring keynote and book-signing by Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President of UMBC, named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and 10 Best College Presidents.150 anniversary celebration flyer

Friday, April 7, 2017
7 pm to 11 pm

Donations/Tickets: $60
Harford Community College







Collaborative Black History Two-Part Celebration

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The History of the Havre de Grace Colored School

Havre de Grace Colored School Open House

and Book-signing with two authors:

In Truthlies: Life Lessons from the Person Who Knows You Best, J. Craig shares his intimate journey in life. He draws from personal experiences and credits his success in life to the timeless wisdom he has gleaned from his influential family mentors.

In three volumes, Peter Byrd describes the scope
and richness of an American family’s 350-year history through The Son of Seven Daughters. The struggles and achievements that represent a uniquely American experience are told in the voices of his ancestors and mirrored against the development of the United States.
1 to 3 pm
Held at the
Havre de Grace Colored School
555 Alliance Street
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Free of Charge | Donations Appreciated

Harford County Underground Railroad Bus Tour

Join us for this exclusive journey through Harford’s history. We will gain access and visit new sites on the Underground Railroad.

Donations/Tickets $45.00 adults | $35.00 youth 12 and under

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Save HdG Colored High  Saving the Former Havre de Grace Colored High School

Built in 1910, during segregation, the school opened its doors to provide African-American children an education through the 8th grade. In 1930, through the efforts of community leaders, the school was the first in the area to educate African-American students through the 11th grade. The meeting is scheduled at the former Havre de Grace Colored High School on March 26, 2016, 10:30 am at 555 Alliance Street, Havre de Grace, Maryland 21078.

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“50th Anniversary Commemoration of Desegregation of Harford County Public Schools”

On  April 8th, 2016, Harford County Public Schools and Harford County Office of Human Relations will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Harford County, Maryland’s public schools by hosting a benefit dinner for historical and cultural awareness.

“Stealing Freedom”

Join us for this lecture, book signing, and discussion with author Milt Diggins. After extensive research, his new 2015 publication reveals the stories of notorious 19th century slave catchers, kidnappers, their accomplices from Cecil and Harford Counties, and the state that valued their services. Diggins is an independent scholar who has contributed articles to the Maryland Historical Magazine and the Cecil Historical Journal.

“Civil War to Civil Rights: A Concert”

Hear creative music compositions that span two centuries from early composers Scott Joplin, Samuel Coleridge Taylor and William Still to contemporary musicians, James Weldon Johnson, Odetta, Nina Simone, the Staple Singers and more.                           

 “Public Meeting Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture”

2015 MCAAHC Hosanna School Public Notice of Meeting(1)

On Monday December 7, 2015, Hosanna School Museum will host the Regular Meeting of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). One of the primary purposes of the meeting is to inform the community of funding opportunities for preservation projects. Founded in 1969 as the Maryland Commission on Negro History and Culture, the MCAAHC has been committed to discovering, documenting, preserving, collecting, and promoting Maryland’s African American heritage.



“Against All Odds:”Colored Schools Tour” 

Join us as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Harford County, Maryland’s public schools. Discover the trials and triumphs of ordinary people who took extraordinary steps to gain equal education. Learn of the roles of Thurgood Marshall, Juanita Jackson Mitchell, A. Dwight Pettit, and others in Harford. We will visit Freedmen’s Bureau, Rosenwald, Consolidated, and private schools.






  “Hosanna to Hosanna”


Philip J. Merrill as guest tour guide

Mr. Merrill is an author, appraiser on Maryland Public Television’s Chesapeake Collectibles, and historian/ consultant with Lincoln University. This trip will highlight the shared history of Hosanna AME Church in Darlington, MD (founded in 1835) with Hosanna AUMP in Oxford, PA (founded in 1843). Hosanna AUMP was the foundation of the free black community that developed into Lincoln University (1854), the first historically black college in the U.S. Sites reflecting the Underground Railroad, Civil Rights demonstrations, and other points of interest will be explored along the way. Lunch included. (Complimentary seating at Flickerwood Wine Cellars. Gift Shop available.)

A. Dwight Pettit, Esq.

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Friday, May 8, 2015
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

(Dinner – 7:30 p.m.)

1700 Van Bibber Road
Edgewood, Maryland

Featuring: A. Dwight Pettit, Esq.

Attorney, civil rights activist, and author of Under Color of Law in which Mr. Pettit recounts his experiences in Harford County. He was the first African American male to integrate Aberdeen High. His successful lawsuit against the School Board, more than 55 years ago, was litigated by the future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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Gather with us on the banks of the Susquehanna River as local spiritual and cultural leaders honor our ancestors by planting a tree in their memory, pouring libations and acclaiming the lifework of freedom seekers, abolitionists and others who struggled to free themselves, others and our country from slavery. Spirituals and freedom songs will set the atmosphere.

May 10, 2014

11-2 pm

at Hosanna School Museum

2424 Castleton Road, Darlington, MD 21034

Free Admission. Light Refreshments.

Registration required. Call 443-412-2539.

Please Note: this event is Rain or Shine. Wear comfortable shoes and feel free to bring a lawn chair for the time at the banks.



Recent Events:

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Enjoy the unique story of Nana Amuah-Afenyi VI, known informally as King Peggy, a secretary at the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, D.C. turned Nana (Chief) of the town of Otuam, in Ghana! Born Peggielene Bartels in Ghana, King Peggy became a naturalized citizen and has worked for the embassy since the 1970s. Following the death of her uncle, the former Chief, in 2008, she was ritually chosen to replace him. Her book, King Peggy, co- written with Eleanor Herman, is the pick for this year’s One Maryland One Book Program.

Go to the Maryland Humanities Council Website for MORE INFORMATION

 We’ve partnered with the Harford County Public Library and the Maryland Humanities Council to help make these programs possible.

One Maryland One Book Discussions   
Adults / Registration required / Join thousands of Marylanders this fall who will be reading and talking about “King Peggy: an American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, & the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village” by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman, the 2013 selection! Register and pick up a copy of the book at the location most convenient for you to attend the discussion, then read it and come to the program to share your views with friends & neighbors. Free books are limited at each location –register early

Go to the Maryland Humanities Council Website for MORE INFORMATION

Celebrate Africa at the Following sites of the Harford County Public Library

Sankofa Dancers

Sankofa Dance Theater  All Ages
Celebrate the sights and sounds of Africa with Sankofa,
world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways.  Registration suggested.
Bel Air Library
Sun     Oct 20      2:00 pm    “The Griot (storytelling)”
Edgewood Library
Sat     Oct 26      3:00 pm    “Drum Talk”
Jarrettsville Library
Sun     Oct 27      2:00 pm    “Village Dance”

Blacks in War of 1812 in Harford County

The Stories of Everyday People in the War of 1812

July 20, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

When war came to the shores of the Chesapeake, what was it like for everyday citizens and local militiamen, as well as slaves, freedmen, women? Mike Dixon reveals unpublished stories of unrepresented peoples such as slaves and African-Americans, and the narratives of everyday people who aren’t talked about in the history books. Mike Dixon is an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware and other area colleges where he concentrates on social history with a focus on mass media and criminal justice.

Light Refreshments
Limited Seating, Reservations Recommended. Call 410-457-4161

In part sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council and the Maryland War of 1812 Commission–resources/events-calendar/2013-07-1/

Smithsonian Journey Stories
Youth Oral History Project Exhibition Reception

In 2012, Hosanna hosted this project and exhibition: Journey Stories exhibitions, Lost and Found: The Forgotten Communities of APG, The Journey Stories Youth Oral History exhibitions will be opened. Meet the “youth curators” and hear about their unique experiences collecting family stories and helping to create this presentation. Divergence: Pathways of African-Americans in Harford County documents the journeys of African American Harford County citizens through time and is meant as a companion exhibition to Fugitives, Accessories, and Catchers at the Bel Air Library.

African American Migrant Family image, Courtesy of the Library of Congress

African American Genealogy Workshop

In 2012, Hosanna hosted this workshop:Trace your family tree  and journey into your past with this hands-on workshop with Reggie Bishop. Learn about online ans local resources; find  about resources unique to African Americans and to Harford County. Remember to bring your laptop or i-pad, and wi-fi device. $20 registration fee, box lunch included. Space is limited. Call 410-457-4161 to reserve your space by June 9, 2012.

Journey through Berkley:  A Historic Site Tour

In 2012, Hosanna hosted this bus tour: Enjoy a tour of the National Historic District of Berkley and Darlington, including the Undergound Railroad station at Swallowfiekd; and settlements of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Wander the territory traveled by Marquis de Lafayette, the enslaved as they tried to escape cruel fates; and farmers looking for more fertile ground. You will see the Smithsonian Companion exhibits “Divergence: Pathways of African Americans in Harford County” at Hosanna School Museum, and “Fugitives, Accessories, and Catchers: the Underground Railroad in Harford County” at the Bel Air Library. Tickets: $35, box lunch included. Space is limited. Call 410-457-4161 to reserve your space by June 20.

Our Sponsors

The Journey Stories Youth Oral History Project was a partnership between the Harford County Public Library and Hosanna School Museum and was made possible by the Maryland Humanities Council and Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street was made possible by the United States Congress.

The Board of Directors of Hosanna School Museum is grateful for our Journey Stories sponsors. We ask that you show your support to our sponsors as they have supported us.

Harford County Government

Maryland Historical Trust

Preservation Maryland



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Helping Hands Ministries

Maryland Humanities Council

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The Smithsonian Institution Museums on Main Street Journey Stories

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