Baltimore County
African American Cultural Festival

September 16, 2017


Historic Settlements

This exhibit chronicles the lives of the descendants of Baltimore County African American residents. There are some forty (40) historic African American settlements in Baltimore County. The Historic Settlements Exhibit is the largest single exhibit, and each year, it draws the largest number of visitors. The exhibit includes hundreds of old photos and memorabilia, as well as oral presentations by members of some of the communities who tell about life in those communities when they were vibrant and filled with black families. There is also a bus tour. (Click here for more info on the bus tour.)

The Historical Area is located on Chesapeake Avenue on the exterior and interior of the County Office Building. On the exterior of the Historical Area there will be displays from the Friends of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum; the Emmart-Pierpont Safe House where run-away slaves found safe haven as they made their way through the county enroute to Pennsylvania and freedom; the Julian Branch of ASALH; the hugh display by the Baltimore Branch of the Buffalo Soldiers, the Veterans of the 231st Transportation Truck Battalion, an all-African American National Guard unit from the Maryland National Guard., and the only Maryland National Guard unit ordered to active duty during the Korean War and the very first U.S. National Guard unit to arrive in Korea in 1950; Turner Station and the Henrietta Lacks organization.

On the interior, you will be treated to view many photographic displays on some of the 40 designated historic African American communities from Baltimore County; a display by the famous Negro Baseball League of yesteryear, and numerous other displays from the Civil War and various banners of African American life in Baltimore County.

Buffalo Soldiers

We believe this is a compelling story made more so by the presence of a unit of the Buffalo Soldiers. Each year hundreds of visitors, especially children, walk through the Buffalo Soldiers exhibit and are enthralled by stories of the exploits of this heroic group of African Americans. 

Funds from MillfordMillHS help cover the costs of mounting the photo exhibits and providing buses for the tours.

Children’s Champion Zone

This is a children's area with games, contests, storytelling and entertainers. It is designed to engage children in mental and physical enrichment activities and to promote self-esteem.

Financial Fitness

Designed to educate the community on steps to homeownership, retirement, investing, and saving strategies.  

Other highlights of the festival...

  • Artists and Craftsmen who exhibit and sell their goods...

  • Food vendors provide festival goers with a variety of ethnic cuisine...

  • Since its inception, the festival has featured national and well-known local musicians who thrill the crowd. In past years we enjoyed headliners such as: Raheem Devaughn, Ashford & Simpson, Stephanie Mills, Jeffrey Osborne, The Isley Brothers, Chubby Checker, Pieces of a Dream, and many many others. This year will prove to be no exception, as we explore possibilities for our national headliner.