Hosanna School Museum

Hosanna School Museum Hosanna School was the first of three public schools built in Harford County in 1867 by the Freedmen's Bureau after The Civil War. This organization’s main goal is to preserve and share this landmark and the history and culture associated with it.
Harford County's First Public School for African Americans
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A 501(c) non-profit organization.

Mission: The mission of Hosanna School Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Harford County, Maryland through the lens of the African American experience within national contexts.

If you missed Dr. Kaye in Havre de Grace at the Phenomenal Woman Program, you can see her at the Lillie Carroll Jackson ...
05/15/2019

If you missed Dr. Kaye in Havre de Grace at the Phenomenal Woman Program, you can see her at the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum! I'll be there!

Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., is a phenomenal speaker!

She is an award-winning Associate Professor of Communications and African and African American Studies at Loyola University and the Founding Executive Director of the Emilie Frances Davis Center for Education, Research, and Culture.

She is the author of four award-winning books, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, and was a 2016-2017 guest commentator and Op-Ed columnist for WYPR 88.1 FM and the Baltimore Sun.
She can also be heard weekdays on WEAA 88.9 FM
as the host of "Today with Dr. Kaye."

Join us as we celebrate and engage with Dr. Kaye!
She will be signing books following the program.

You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lillie-carroll-jackson-day-tickets-60878198330?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

This pop-up exhibit and living biography presentation is awesome. The exhibit includes artifacts!
04/20/2019

This pop-up exhibit and living biography presentation is awesome. The exhibit includes artifacts!

Join us for "Verda's Place" Exhibit on the Move, a pop up exhibit that tells the story of the late Senator Verda Freeman Welcome, the nation’s first Black woman State Senator. Elected to Maryland’s Senate in 1969 after 11 years as an educator in Baltimore City, Senator Welcome’s story is one of perseverance and commitment to change. Learn more about her life and legacy through this traveling exhibition, artifacts from the full Verda’s Place: An Homage to a Valiant Woman exhibition on display at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, and a re-enactment by trained griot (storyteller) Janice Greene.

April 23, 6 to 8 pm. at the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum.

Thank you and hope to see you then!

Thank you to the Ladies of Harford County’s Mu Gamma Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho‼️💙💛🐩 and their wond...
04/13/2019

Thank you to the Ladies of Harford County’s Mu Gamma Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho‼️💙💛🐩 and their wonderful Rhosebuds and Rhowers‼️‼️💙💛🐩
Looking forward to the next visit‼️‼️

03/29/2019
Thank you to the Harford County Delegation of elected officials for the proclamation honoring Founder’s Day.
03/29/2019

Thank you to the Harford County Delegation of elected officials for the proclamation honoring Founder’s Day.

A Visit to Verda’s Place | Bay Weekly
03/01/2019
A Visit to Verda’s Place | Bay Weekly

A Visit to Verda’s Place | Bay Weekly

      In 1962, Verda Freeman Welcome became the first African American woman elected to a state senate. Seven years later, she introduced legislation creating the first ethnic commission in the United States, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. In celebration of the C...

We say thank you to all who came out, honored and learned during African American History Month at Hosanna! If you didn'...
02/28/2019

We say thank you to all who came out, honored and learned during African American History Month at Hosanna!

If you didn't make it, don't worry ... you have the other 12 months of the year to come take a look back at Hosanna History!

As we close out the month of February, we thank Mrs. Christine Tolbert and WBAL's Barry Sims and crew for highlighting t...
02/27/2019
Harford County's first school for blacks turned into museum

As we close out the month of February, we thank Mrs. Christine Tolbert and WBAL's Barry Sims and crew for highlighting the history of Hosanna School Museum and some of the life experiences of African American's in Harford County and Maryland.


https://www.wbaltv.com/article/harford-countys-first-school-for-blacks-turned-museum/26555148

The Hosanna School originally opened in 1867 following the Emancipation Proclamation's freeing of slaves.

06/24/2018
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The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Hosanna on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I AM READY FOR SPRING. Come on out on Saturday and reclaim spring, no matter how much snow i...
03/22/2018

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I AM READY FOR SPRING. Come on out on Saturday and reclaim spring, no matter how much snow is on the ground. Peter will be demonstrating making spring hats at 1:00. It will be a lot of fun watching him create, yes, spring hats. 👒👒👒Come join me at Hosanna School Museum, 2424 Castleton Road in Darlington. www.hosanannaschoolmuseum.org.

Hosanna School Museum's March Open House, Saturday March 24, 2018 from 12 to 3 P.M. (FREE)
Peter Byrd, local milliner (hat maker) and author will be displaying his unique and one of a kind "Church Crowns". The perfect gift to match your Easter or Mother's Day outfit, handbag or shoes. Stop by and talk with Peter and try on one or more of his beautiful creations. See you there!

Hosanna School Museum's March Open House, Saturday March 24, 2018 from 12 to 3 P.M.  (FREE)Peter Byrd, local milliner (h...
03/12/2018

Hosanna School Museum's March Open House, Saturday March 24, 2018 from 12 to 3 P.M. (FREE)
Peter Byrd, local milliner (hat maker) and author will be displaying his unique and one of a kind "Church Crowns". The perfect gift to match your Easter or Mother's Day outfit, handbag or shoes. Stop by and talk with Peter and try on one or more of his beautiful creations. See you there!

Many thanks to our friends at Delmarva History for the wonderful photos from our MLK Celebration!
01/20/2018

Many thanks to our friends at Delmarva History for the wonderful photos from our MLK Celebration!

Darlington -- This historic African-American Schoolhouse echoed with the sounds of celebration today as a large crowd gathered to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, the program focused on the role of Mrs. Coretta Scott King, the wife of Dr. King. She marched hand-in-hand with her husband throughout the turbulent 50's and 60's to gain equal rights for African-Americans. The celebration was sponsored by the Hosanna School Museum and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Xi Delta Omega Chapter As the program got underway, the every seat in the old school was filled and people lined the walls, enjoying the excellent program.

Click here for more information on the Hosanna School Museum http://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/

08/19/2017

Well FB, fans you snoozed and lost. The UGRR Tour next weekend is sold out!

Juneteenth Celebration
06/22/2017

Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth Celebration
06/21/2017

Juneteenth Celebration

Many thanks to Harford County Living for featuring our Juneteenth Celebration Festival on their website. For more inform...
05/15/2017
Harford County Living

Many thanks to Harford County Living for featuring our Juneteenth Celebration Festival on their website.

For more information on the event or Hosanna School Museum, please visit: hosannaschoolmuseum.org.

Hosanna School Museum 150th Anniversary Celebration #HarfordCounty #HarfordHistory

Come and enjoy a tour of the National Historic Districts of Berkley and Darlington, to include an Underground Railroad s...
04/25/2017

Come and enjoy a tour of the National Historic Districts of Berkley and Darlington, to include an Underground Railroad station and settlements of the Society of Friends (Quakers).You will cover territory travelled by Marquis de Lafayette as they journeyed to Yorktown. You’ll visit Harford County’s first public school for African Americans.

April 29, 2017 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
*Lunch is included*

Visit hosannaschoolmuseum.org for tickets or call 410-457-4161 to reserve your spot.

Pictures from our 150th Anniversary Banquet
04/19/2017

Pictures from our 150th Anniversary Banquet

04/04/2017
Fox 45 Interview

Check out the Hosanna School Museum interview on Fox 45!

WJZ-13 CBS-Baltimore is interesting in Hosanna School Museum and all the great work we are doing and all the fascinating...
03/09/2017

WJZ-13 CBS-Baltimore is interesting in Hosanna School Museum and all the great work we are doing and all the fascinating history we are reviving. So they invited Iris Leigh Barnes and Christine Tolbert onto their show "On Time" with Marcus Washington. Check them out on the set! The interview segment will air on Sunday March 19. We'll keep you posted.

Come out this Saturday to meet these authors who share their family stories and how they impacted the community.
02/23/2017

Come out this Saturday to meet these authors who share their family stories and how they impacted the community.

This wonderful video about Hosanna just released from Harford County Executive, Barry Glassman. Join us on April 7th to ...
02/03/2017
Harford County Celebrates Black History Month with Video Tribute to Hosanna School Museum - Harford County Living

This wonderful video about Hosanna just released from Harford County Executive, Barry Glassman. Join us on April 7th to celebrate 150 years! http://harfordcountyliving.com/2017/02/harford-county-celebrates-black-history-month-video-tribute-hosanna-school-museum/

Harford County celebrates Black History Month with the following video tribute to the community that lifted up Hosanna School Museum in Darlington. Join Us On Social Media Related Comments…

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01/06/2017
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Celebrate the Negro League in Baseball this Saturday, August 27th at Ripkin Stadium. 6:00 exhibition event | 7:00 Ironbi...
08/23/2016

Celebrate the Negro League in Baseball this Saturday, August 27th at Ripkin Stadium. 6:00 exhibition event | 7:00 Ironbirds game.
See you there!

It's not too late to get your tickets for this exciting Underground Railroad Tour. go to Hosanna's website for tickets. ...
06/23/2016

It's not too late to get your tickets for this exciting Underground Railroad Tour. go to Hosanna's website for tickets. hosannaschoolmuseum.org

UGRRHello All Underground Railroad Enthusiasts! You don't want to miss this tour. It features the first two sites in Har...
06/17/2016
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UGRR
Hello All Underground Railroad Enthusiasts! You don't want to miss this tour. It features the first two sites in Harford County added to the National Park Service Network to Freedom. The newest site is Margaret Morgan's birth place. Margaret was the kidnapped victim and protagonist in the infamous Supreme Court case "Prigg v. Pennsylvania." The tour also features John Wilkes Booth's family home. This trip will surprise with info on how it is related to the Underground Railroad and change your perceptions of the Booth family. This is how to get a ticket. Lunch included.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harford-county-underground-rai…

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Conowingo Dam: Power on the Susquehanna Tonight at 9pm
04/25/2016
Programs 2016 | MPT Chesapeake Bay Week

Conowingo Dam: Power on the Susquehanna Tonight at 9pm

The lure of waterfront living still remains irresistible to many, with some enjoying a home of their dreams on the Chesapeake Bay year 'round. Distinctive Homes of the Chesapeake opens the door to Maryland's unique, historic and magnificent homes surrounding the Chesapeake Bay for intimate tours. Ex…

Rosenwald Film Screening and Exhibit
04/15/2016
Rosenwald Film Screening and Exhibit 

Rosenwald Film Screening and Exhibit

On Saturday April 30th, 2016, Hosanna School Museum will host a film screening of “Rosenwald” and “An Artifactual Journey of the Evolution of African American Education through Rosenwald, Sabbath, and Normal Schools” from  10:00 am-12:30 pm, featuring Dr. Philip J. Merrill, CEO and Founder of Nanny…

If you haven't seen the film "Rosenwald" yet, or want to see it again, join us at Hosanna School Museum on April 30th. W...
04/12/2016

If you haven't seen the film "Rosenwald" yet, or want to see it again, join us at Hosanna School Museum on April 30th. We will start out with an"artifactual journey" with PBS's Chesapeake Collectibles' Philip J. Merrill who always surprises and mesmerizes with his unique collection. Get your tickets at http://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/events/

Join us from Hosanna School Museum and help save a part of Harford County History.“Town Hall” to Save the Former Hav...
03/04/2016

Join us from Hosanna School Museum and help save a part of Harford County History.

“Town Hall” to Save the Former Havre de Grace Colored High School... Havre de Grace Colored High School on March 26, 2016, 10:30 am at 555 Alliance Street, Havre de Grace, Maryland 21078.

Civil War to Civil Rights Concert
02/14/2016

Civil War to Civil Rights Concert

Steeling Freedom next Saturday January 30th, 2016
01/22/2016

Steeling Freedom next Saturday January 30th, 2016

Bryan Stevenson of the Equality Justice Institute....speaks on his experience coming out of a segregated colored school ...
11/05/2015

Bryan Stevenson of the Equality Justice Institute....speaks on his experience coming out of a segregated colored school in Milton, Delaware and how such an experience compelled him to pursue Justice and equality.

Hosanna School Museum Team......in Washington....National Trust for Historic Preservation Pastforward2015
11/04/2015

Hosanna School Museum Team......in Washington....National Trust for Historic Preservation Pastforward2015

Against All Odds 2015 BusTour
10/19/2015

Against All Odds 2015 BusTour

Ha' ve De Grace Colored School
10/17/2015

Ha' ve De Grace Colored School

#Againstallodds2015
10/17/2015

#Againstallodds2015

10/16/2015

We have a couple of extra spaces. I hope you can adjust your schedules to join us. The proceeds help support educational programs by Hosanna.

Join us tommorow at Hosanna School Museum as we tour the historic schools of Harford County....
10/16/2015

Join us tommorow at Hosanna School Museum as we tour the historic schools of Harford County....

Rosenwald Film
10/11/2015

Rosenwald Film

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2424 Castleton Rd
Darlington, MD
21034

General information

Hosanna School, also known as the Berkley School, was the first of three public schools built in Harford County in 1867 by the Freedmen's Bureau soon after the conclusion of The Civil War. The building of these schools was mandated by law across all of the former slave-holding states for the purpose of educating the recently freed African Americans. The property upon which Hosanna stands was first owned by a free African American man name Cupid Paca. In 1822 Paca bought fifty acres of land running from Berkley into Darlington. When he died, his holdings were divided among his surviving children. In the mid-1800's Cupid Paca's son, James, sold 1/4 acre of his share of inherited land to be used as "a school house lot". The Freedmen's Bureau funded the construction of a two story framed building which was used as a schoolhouse, a community meeting place, and a church. In 1879 the operation of the school was assumed by the Harford County School Commissioners. In 1907 the school building was actually condemned for use as a schoolhouse for local African American children until 1946. In 1948, Hosanna Community House, Inc. was formed by African American men in the community so they they could continue to have a community meeting place. In the late 1950's Huricane Hazel sheered off the top floor of the building. The corporation, with its limited funds, preserved what was left of the building by placing a roof on the remaining structure. After these repairs, the building was once again uses as a community center, particularly by The Boy Scouts. In 1983 the corporation received funding from the State of Maryland to stabilize the building. Actual restoration of the remaining floor of the building began in 1993. A grand opening and dedication of the partially restored Hosanna School took place on September 10, 1994. Restroom facilities and a handicapped access ramp were added. In September of 2005, the final restoration of the second floor was achieved. After several stages, it now stands as the original two-story structure.

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