African Historical and Cultural Events in September

October 17, 2023

Riverdale, Md – The Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, part of the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, is proud to present several upcoming events about African History and Culture. Happening throughout September, the community will have access to a variety of educational and entertaining programs offered virtually and in person. These include:

September 12, 7:00 pm – online

Echoes of the Enslaved: Virtual Book Discussion

Join our partner Joe McGill and his co-author Herb Frazier in a virtual discussion about their new book, “Sleeping with the Ancestors: How I Followed the Footprints of Slavery”. Hosted by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System.

September 16, 12 noon – Surratt House Museum

Echoes of the Enslaved: Music. Dance. Dialogue

Join us and the Slave Dwelling Project for the annual Echoes of the Enslaved. This year’s program will feature a full day of conversations and provocations centered around the legacies of slavery, with an emphasis on freedom, resistance, and the right to vote. The day’s activities will include a block party, discussion with activists and scholars, food, tours of Surratt House Museum, and a bonfire.

September 24, 12 noon – Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Celebrate Africa Festival

Celebrate Africa 2023 will feature performances with artists and events that showcase the rich cultures of the African continent. Enjoy a live band, vocalist, drumming and community dance, storytelling, spoken word, an art exhibition, and more.

About the Department

With over 28,000 acres of parkland, trails, athletic fields, playgrounds and more – M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County provides an award-winning park system through progressive, quality, innovative leadership and a commitment to its community and environment. The Department delivers first-class recreational activities and programs for people of all ages and ability levels. It strives to improve the quality of life for residents in Prince George’s County and the communities in which they live, work, and raise families. The Department’s facilities and programming continue to evolve and expand to keep pace with the needs of its vibrant community. For more information, visit