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Leonardtown Landmark Will Open to the Public with Safety Measures

News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Old Jail Museum, a popular landmark in the heart of Leonardtown, will be open to the public for Leonardtown First Fridays, on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Interested visitors are encouraged to come and take a tour of this unique and fascinating historic site while enjoying Leonardtown First Friday that evening.

Staff will be on-hand to showcase the Old Jail and its interesting story. A special exhibit regarding Benjamin Hance, a young African American man who was held at the Old Jail in 1887 and later killed by a local mob, will be on display during this opening. Hance is the only documented lynching victim recorded in St. Mary’s County.

Credit: The St. Mary’s County Museum Division

Numerous safety precautions will be in place regarding social distancing and sanitization. All guests are required to wear face coverings while inside the museum. Only two visitors may enter the building at a time (or a family unit of no more than 4).

For more information about the Old Jail Museum, please visit www.Facebook.com/TheOldJailMuseum.

The Old Jail Museum is located at 41625 Court House Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650, right on the grounds of the Courthouse in downtown Leonardtown. It is the fourth and newest museum and historic site overseen by the St. Mary’s County Museum Division. For more information, please visit Museums.StMarysMD.com.