Release 2017 –
2017 2:00 p.m.
– February is
History Month …
a time to share
the historic and
Americans in St.
and across the
first started as
Week in February
1926 as a
through the work
Dr. Carter A.
Woodson. In the
1960’s, the week
was expanded to
picture of Black
the month of
the birthdays of
the great black
County took time
continue to make
Mike Hewitt (2nd
honor the many
made by African
January 29, 2017
Clarissa Ashton Stripling - Secretary
Jeanette Pettit - Vice President
Michael Brown - President
"Friends of Elmer Brown Freedom Park" Flag Pole
UCAC raised funds to
install three lighted flag poles to
display the United States, Maryland and St.
Mary's County flags at the African American
Monument of St. Mary's County. We also
installed an historical marker. The marker
provides the community with more detailed
information about the monument. The African
American Monument is located in Elmer Brown
Freedom Park at the corner of Route 235 and
Tulagi Place in Lexington Park, MD.
Oral History Training
The UCAC (Unified Committee
for Afro American Contributions) Historical Committee is
looking for individuals who would like to receive
training in conducting oral history interviews. These
are learning skills that can be used to interview family
members as well as seniors identified by UCAC.
Anyone interested in
helping, please contact Alma Jordon at 301-994-3567 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or Merideth Taylor at
301-862-3517 or email@example.com
UCAC Presents Check to
Three Oaks Shelter
August 5, 2015
UCAC held its 5th annual UCAC/Three Oaks Shelter 5K
run/walk prior to the start of our 12th annual
Juneteenth Festival at Lancaster Park in Lexington Park,
Maryland (June 20, 2015). This year’s race was our
largest race thus far with nearly 70 racers
August 5th, the members of Unified
Committee for Afro-American Contributions were excited
to present Three Oaks Shelter Executive Director Lanny
Lancaster and President Andre Rice with a check for $600
to Three Oaks Shelter which serves the homeless of St.
We are excited our 5K Juneteenth Race helps to benefit
such a worthy cause. The Board hopes to continue our
support of the homeless shelter for many years to come.
Local History on Display in Lancaster Park!
you attend the Juneteenth
Festival in Lancaster Park this year, don’t miss
the brand new “African American History Pathway.” Look
for the new wayside interpretive signs between the
United States Colored Troops Civil War Memorial Monument
and the historic “Flat top” building, now officially
designated the United States Colored Troops Memorial
Monument Interpretive Center!
Also not to be missed at
Juneteenth is UCACs’ award-winning exhibit on African
American education, “Remember the Past Look to the
Future,” which will be on display inside the
Interpretive Center. This exhibit tells the story of 100
years of segregated schooling in St. Mary’s County.
Park Named for Elmer Brown
The St. Mary’s County
Commissioners unanimously approved naming Freedom Park in Lexington Park after a
prominent citizen, Elmer Brown. The commissioners agreed
to rename the park, Elmer Brown Freedom Park.
his many accomplishments, Brown is the founder of the
Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions
(UCAC), which was responsible for erecting the monument. 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,
The monument is a
tall structure in the middle of
bright green grass at the corner of Tulagi Place and Route 235.
Physically, it is nothing but stone
and mortar surrounded by paths of
bricks. But to hundreds of
people in St. Mary's, it is a symbol
of the contribution that
African-Americans have made to the
progress of the region.
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