Civil War thru
World War II
Embarks on Exciting New Projects and We Need Your Help!
Sharing stories from our
A “Pathway through
History 1865-1942” will lead visitors from the
United States Colored Troops Memorial Monument to
the Lexington Park Manor “Flat Tops” Buildings in
John G. Lancaster Park. Four interpretive wayside
signs placed along the path will mark milestones and
challenges experienced by the African American (and
broader) community from the end of the Civil War up
to World War II. The four interpretive panels will
enhance the USCT Memorial Monument and greatly
increase the site’s educational value. A project
committee comprised of representatives of Unified
Committee for African American Contributions (UCAC)
and the St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks and
Tourism departments are collaborating with a
research team of St. Mary’s College of Maryland
students under the direction of history professor
Charles Holden. The history pathway will bring
little known history to light and instill pride in
the local community and its African American
We’re looking for your documents and photos to help
us tell the story!
A second big project:
St. Mary’s County
Parks and Recreation is renovating the “Flat Tops”
building in Lancaster Park, and plans are underway
to provide a community meeting space and Civil War
Interpretive Center in the building. UCAC is seeking
funding in order to furnish the interior of the
building for an interpretive display area as well as
meetings and office space. It will provide a first
ever “home” for the organization.
We need your
help on these projects!
We are looking for
photos, letters, military documents, or other
mementos or records from the time period 1865 to
1942. If you have any item that you think may help
us tell our story, we want to hear from you!
If you have anything
you'd like to share to help us with this project,
Merideth Taylor at
Park to be Named for Elmer Brown
The St. Mary’s County
Commissioners have unanimously approved naming Freedom Park in Lexington Park after a
prominent citizen. On Tuesday the commissioners agreed
to rename the park, Elmer Brown Freedom Park.
his many accomplishments, Brown was founder of the
Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions
(UCAC), which was responsible for erecting the monument.
On the UCAC website, http://www.ucaconline.org/ ,the
following description of the monument is presented:
“Dedicated on July 29, 2000, the monument recognizes the
important contributions of African Americans in the
following areas: religion, farming, trades, domestic
service, education, business, industry, community
service, arts, entertainment, health, sports,
government, politics, law enforcement, military service,
PRESERVING BLACK HISTORY - One Story at a Time
With so much of
the history of the African American people still
tucked away in their hearts and minds, it is
imperative to begin to speak, and to gather, and
to admire the contributions of America's Black
With nearly twenty
years of chronicling the many contributions of
the black population to the local history of a
small Maryland community, the Unified Committee
for Afro-American Contributions, a 501(C) 3
non-profit organization, recognizes the
importance of telling these stories to future
generations. Help us reach out to the
entire nation. Help us record a vanishing
Share your history.
Share your story.
Grandpa & Grandma, Mom & Dad, Aunts & Uncles ...
Look through the treasures in your attic ...
With All Deliberate Speed:
One High School's Story