Leonardtown, MD – A new Maryland Day program designed to honor the contributions of African-Americans will take place on Maryland Day, Sunday, March 25. The one-hour commemorative program, hosted by the Museum Division of the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks, begins at 2 p.m. The event is free to the public.

The event will celebrate the contributions of African-Americans to our state. Among those taking part are Arthur Shepherd, St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Director; Michael Brown, President of the Unified Committee for Afro American Contributions, Reverend Statesman; Karen Stone, St. Mary’s County Museum Division Manager; Janice Walthour, St. Mary’s County NAACP President and elected officials. All will give remarks commemorating the site and the occasion at the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, located at 45245 Drayden Road in Valley Lee, MD. Shuttle service will be provided between 1 and 4 p.m. from the firehouse due to limited parking at the schoolhouse site.

Maryland Day kicks off the summer season for the St. Clement’s Island Museum, the Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park in Piney Point and the Drayden Africa-American Schoolhouse.

Both museums will be open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September. The Drayden Schoolhouse will be open the first Saturday of every month 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Drayden African-American Schoolhouse is managed by the Museum Division of St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks and is located at 18287 Cherryfield Road in Drayden, MD. The schoolhouse and grounds are not handicap accessible.

For more information about this event call 301-769-2222. For more information about the Drayden African American Schoolhouse or to book tours, call 301-994-1471 or visit us on our Facebook page or at www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.