Lower Marlboro Freedom Day

As the War ofLower Marlboro Freedom Day Flyer 1812 raged into the summer of 1814, British troops sailed up the Patuxent River in a bid to take Washington, D.C. On their way, they stopped at the port of Lower Marlboro in what is now Owings to commandeer supplies and offered freedom to local enslaved men and women in exchange for their service to the British war effort. Fourteen people won their freedom that day, on what we now commemorate as Lower Marlboro Freedom Day.

Festivities include walking tours, speakers, entertainment, food and exhibits – and fishing on the pier of the Patuxent River – at the historic Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church and Lower Marlboro Hall in Owings.

This is a wonderful opportunity for all ages to enjoy the fall weather while celebrating our local history and heritage.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Lower Marlboro, Maryland

Where:   Lower Marlboro Hall (3911 Lower Marlboro Road, Owings)  and Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church (6519 Lower Marlboro Lane, Owings) Free Parking.


  • 12:30   Alan Reed: Opening Spirituals 
  • 1:00    Michael Kent; “Black Sailors Before and After the War of 1812” Choices British gave enslaved people in 1814. 
  • 1:30    Chris Haley, Director of Black History Studies at the Maryland State Archives. "Legacy of Slavery in Maryland" 
  • 2:00    Maya Davis, Director of The Riversdale Museum.  "Slavery and the War of 1812"
  • 2:30    Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper.
  • 3:00     Alan Reed, Closing Spirituals

Displays & Exhibits

  • War of 1812 
  • Calvert Historical Society
  • Archeology of Lower Marlboro
  • Lower Marlboro History & Artifacts
  • Parks & Recreation Natural Resources 
  • Planning & Zoning, Historic Preservation 
  • Oral History Documentation

Food Vendors

  • Melvin's  Fish, Ribs, and Chicken
  • Cold Penguin