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The Oldest Black Community in the entire Country?!


We are fortunate to live in one of the most historic areas of our country. Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass cut their teeth in our backyards and we are fortunate to enjoy their history all around us.

Here in Talbot County, we are also proud to be home to the nations oldest free African American community in the country, “The Hill.” Once thought to be in New Orleans, historians have been working for the past few years to document, preserve and share this important history finding for Talbot County through land records, genealogy, oral history, archaeology, architecture, and preservation. By the 1790s, there were more than 400 free blacks living in The Hill neighborhood. By comparison, there were just 250 free blacks living in all of Baltimore City around that time.

Built in 1790, Bartlett Pear Inn is one of the grandest buildings located on The Hill.

There is a self guided walking-tour brochure available at the Talbot County Visitors Center, 11 South Harrison Street, or by contacting Talbot County Tourism at 410-770-8000 or tourism@talbotcountymd.gov. Call ahead to see when Professor Dale Green of Morgan State University is giving his group tours.

Check out this You Tube video of Dale Green talking about The Hill.

Earlier Event: March 20
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