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

Harford County's First Public School for African Americans

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We are very excited to announce that we have partnered with the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project for their 4th annual ...
11/03/2021

We are very excited to announce that we have partnered with the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project for their 4th annual conference “Lynching in Maryland.” For more information and to register for this virtual event click the link post belowed. We hope to see you all there!

https://mdlynchingmemorial.networkforgood.com/events/35192-4th-annual-lynching-in-maryland-conference?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_1437879

We are very excited to announce that we have partnered with the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project for their 4th annual conference “Lynching in Maryland.” For more information and to register for this virtual event click the link post belowed. We hope to see you all there!

https://mdlynchingmemorial.networkforgood.com/events/35192-4th-annual-lynching-in-maryland-conference?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_1437879

11/02/2021

The National Park Service recently named Belle Vue Farm as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site. It joins 91 other site in Maryland with verified connections to the Underground Railroad.

"Eliza Parker's Escape Site", at Belle Vue, is associated with the Underground Railroad because of Eliza’s involvement in the Christiana Resistance. Over the five years that followed their escapes, Eliza and her family played a central role in both moral and physical resistance to the increasingly strict slave laws in the country that eventually led to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.

In Harford County, Belle Vue Farm, owned by Harford County Government, joins the “Hays-Heigh House” at Harford Community College and “The Birthplace of Margaret Morgan at Mill Green Mill” in Street, which were added in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

HLT is incredibly proud to have preserved this special place along with our partners at Harford County Government, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Thank you to Dr. Iris Barnes of Hosanna School Museum for her research that made this designation possible.

(photo courtesy of Sally Cassilly)

Read more here:
https://www.visitmaryland.org/article/maryland-network-to-freedom-sites-programs-and-tours

Today we would like to honor and acknowledge George Armwood. 88 years ago today, George Armwood was lynched in Princess ...
10/18/2021

Today we would like to honor and acknowledge George Armwood. 88 years ago today, George Armwood was lynched in Princess Anne, Maryland, on October 18, 1933. His murder was the last recorded lynching in Maryland. Mr. Armwood, who was reportedly intellectually disabled, had been accused of assaulting an 80-year-old woman who was also the mother of a local white policeman. Shortly after being arrested he was taken from his cell by an angry white mob and killed. George never received his day in court.

Today we would like to honor and acknowledge George Armwood. 88 years ago today, George Armwood was lynched in Princess Anne, Maryland, on October 18, 1933. His murder was the last recorded lynching in Maryland. Mr. Armwood, who was reportedly intellectually disabled, had been accused of assaulting an 80-year-old woman who was also the mother of a local white policeman. Shortly after being arrested he was taken from his cell by an angry white mob and killed. George never received his day in court.

Photos from Harford Land Trust's post
10/05/2021

Photos from Harford Land Trust's post

Join us this Saturday, October 2nd at the Belle Vue Farm Debut and Celebration!Plus visit the Hosanna School Museum Tent...
09/29/2021

Join us this Saturday, October 2nd at the Belle Vue Farm Debut and Celebration!

Plus visit the Hosanna School Museum Tent to learn more about the Underground Railroad in Harford County, MD, and the connections of Belle Vue Farm and the pivotal Christiana Resistance event of 1851.

To learn more about the event and to register click the link below:

https://www.harfordlandtrust.org/events/belle-vue-debut-and-celebration/

Join us this Saturday, October 2nd at the Belle Vue Farm Debut and Celebration!

Plus visit the Hosanna School Museum Tent to learn more about the Underground Railroad in Harford County, MD, and the connections of Belle Vue Farm and the pivotal Christiana Resistance event of 1851.

To learn more about the event and to register click the link below:

https://www.harfordlandtrust.org/events/belle-vue-debut-and-celebration/

Have you ever heard of the Freedmen’s Bureau? Did you know that the Hosanna School was built from the assistance of the ...
09/23/2021

Have you ever heard of the Freedmen’s Bureau? Did you know that the Hosanna School was built from the assistance of the Freedmen’s Bureau?

The Freedmen’s Bureau, formally known as the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, was established in 1865 by Congress to help millions of former black slaves and poor whites in the South in the aftermath of the Civil War. The Freedmen’s Bureau provided food, housing and medical aid, established schools and offered legal assistance. It also attempted to settle former slaves on land confiscated or abandoned during the war. However, the bureau was prevented from fully carrying out its programs due to a shortage of funds and personnel, along with the politics of race and Reconstruction.

Picture above from the National Archives and Records Administration

Have you ever heard of the Freedmen’s Bureau? Did you know that the Hosanna School was built from the assistance of the Freedmen’s Bureau?

The Freedmen’s Bureau, formally known as the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, was established in 1865 by Congress to help millions of former black slaves and poor whites in the South in the aftermath of the Civil War. The Freedmen’s Bureau provided food, housing and medical aid, established schools and offered legal assistance. It also attempted to settle former slaves on land confiscated or abandoned during the war. However, the bureau was prevented from fully carrying out its programs due to a shortage of funds and personnel, along with the politics of race and Reconstruction.

Picture above from the National Archives and Records Administration

Recognizing Freedom Seekers from Harford County Maryland. Below is an excerpt from the book, “The Underground Railroad” ...
09/15/2021

Recognizing Freedom Seekers from Harford County Maryland. Below is an excerpt from the book, “The Underground Railroad” by William Still. The excerpt describes the story of Harry Wise an enslaved man who ran away from his master Elliot Burwell of Harford County Maryland in the summer of 1857.

Harry reached the station in Philadelphia, the latter part of August, 1857. His excuse for leaving and seeking a habitation in Canada, was as follows:
"I was treated monstrous bad; my master was a very cross, crabbed man, and his wife was as cross as he was. The day I left they had to tie me to beat me, what about I could not tell; this is what made me leave. I escaped right out of his hands the day he had me; he was going with me to the barn to tie me across a hogshead, but I broke loose from him and ran. He ran and got the gun to shoot me, but I soon got out of his reach, and I have not seen him since."

Picture from National Archives

Recognizing Freedom Seekers from Harford County Maryland. Below is an excerpt from the book, “The Underground Railroad” by William Still. The excerpt describes the story of Harry Wise an enslaved man who ran away from his master Elliot Burwell of Harford County Maryland in the summer of 1857.

Harry reached the station in Philadelphia, the latter part of August, 1857. His excuse for leaving and seeking a habitation in Canada, was as follows:
"I was treated monstrous bad; my master was a very cross, crabbed man, and his wife was as cross as he was. The day I left they had to tie me to beat me, what about I could not tell; this is what made me leave. I escaped right out of his hands the day he had me; he was going with me to the barn to tie me across a hogshead, but I broke loose from him and ran. He ran and got the gun to shoot me, but I soon got out of his reach, and I have not seen him since."

Picture from National Archives

It’s back to school season! As millions of children, young adults, parents, and teachers prepare for the 2021 – 2022 sch...
09/07/2021

It’s back to school season! As millions of children, young adults, parents, and teachers prepare for the 2021 – 2022 school year, we wanted to highlight what it was like to go to school in the late 19th century. Did you know that the Hosanna School was established before school buses were even invented?! As a result, many students in rural areas had to walk to school. On average students attending Hosanna School walked 3 miles to get to school and most were barefoot. Can you imagine walking that far to get to school?!

📸This photo features children who attended Hosanna School.

It’s back to school season! As millions of children, young adults, parents, and teachers prepare for the 2021 – 2022 school year, we wanted to highlight what it was like to go to school in the late 19th century. Did you know that the Hosanna School was established before school buses were even invented?! As a result, many students in rural areas had to walk to school. On average students attending Hosanna School walked 3 miles to get to school and most were barefoot. Can you imagine walking that far to get to school?!

📸This photo features children who attended Hosanna School.

On October of 1954 Hurricane Hazel ravaged through Harford County and sheared the second floor off the Hosanna School. T...
09/02/2021

On October of 1954 Hurricane Hazel ravaged through Harford County and sheared the second floor off the Hosanna School. The community came together during that difficult time. In the wake of Hurricane Ida we would like to give our heartfelt support and prayers to all that have been affected.

On October of 1954 Hurricane Hazel ravaged through Harford County and sheared the second floor off the Hosanna School. The community came together during that difficult time. In the wake of Hurricane Ida we would like to give our heartfelt support and prayers to all that have been affected.

09/02/2021

Did you know that September is International Underground Railroad Month? The Underground Railroad was a network of routes, places, and people that helped enslaved individuals in the American South escape to the North. The name “Underground Railroad” was used metaphorically, not literally. It was not an actual railroad, but it served the same purpose transporting people long distances. Stay tuned for more posts this month as we highlight people, places, and events associated with Underground Railroad!

Image from WGHB

Did you know that September is International Underground Railroad Month? The Underground Railroad was a network of route...
09/01/2021

Did you know that September is International Underground Railroad Month? The Underground Railroad was a network of routes, places, and people that helped enslaved individuals in the American South escape to the North. The name “Underground Railroad” was used metaphorically, not literally. It was not an actual railroad, but it served the same purpose transporting people long distances. Stay tuned for more posts this month as we highlight people, places, and events associated with Underground Railroad!

Image from WGHB

Did you know that September is International Underground Railroad Month? The Underground Railroad was a network of routes, places, and people that helped enslaved individuals in the American South escape to the North. The name “Underground Railroad” was used metaphorically, not literally. It was not an actual railroad, but it served the same purpose transporting people long distances. Stay tuned for more posts this month as we highlight people, places, and events associated with Underground Railroad!

Image from WGHB

HAPPENING NOW! Join us for our virtual Juneteenth celebration by registering at https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/june...
06/19/2021

HAPPENING NOW! Join us for our virtual Juneteenth celebration by registering at https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/juneteenth-celebration

Your registration fee helps support the non-profit Hosanna School Museum to bring you great programs like these!

HAPPENING NOW! Join us for our virtual Juneteenth celebration by registering at https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/juneteenth-celebration

Your registration fee helps support the non-profit Hosanna School Museum to bring you great programs like these!

Today's the day! Our virtual Juneteenth celebration is happening this evening from 6 to 8 pm! Register at https://www.ho...
06/19/2021

Today's the day! Our virtual Juneteenth celebration is happening this evening from 6 to 8 pm! Register at https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/events to take part in this exciting event celebrating our new national holiday!

Everyone who registers will automatically be entered into a drawing for a copy of "Lest We Forget" - an amazing interactive book by our Keynote Speaker, Velma Maia Thomas.

Already registered? Tell your friends, and then visit our online shop to get your Juneteenth gear: https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/shop

Today's the day! Our virtual Juneteenth celebration is happening this evening from 6 to 8 pm! Register at https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/events to take part in this exciting event celebrating our new national holiday!

Everyone who registers will automatically be entered into a drawing for a copy of "Lest We Forget" - an amazing interactive book by our Keynote Speaker, Velma Maia Thomas.

Already registered? Tell your friends, and then visit our online shop to get your Juneteenth gear: https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/shop

Don't forget to register for tomorrow's virtual Juneteenth celebration! We're excited to celebrate this new national hol...
06/18/2021
Juneteenth 2021 | HCH | Hosanna Museum

Don't forget to register for tomorrow's virtual Juneteenth celebration! We're excited to celebrate this new national holiday with you!

https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/juneteenth-celebration

Juneteenth is the oldest commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19th, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union General Gordon Granger announced the end of the war and read General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, which declared that the enslave...

Did you know that you can purchase Juneteenth merch from our online shop? Visit https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/shop...
06/17/2021

Did you know that you can purchase Juneteenth merch from our online shop? Visit https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/shop to get shirts, hoodies, mugs, and more!

And don't forget to register for our virtual Juneteenth celebration - happening this Saturday, 6/19 from 6 to 8 pm! https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/events

Did you know that you can purchase Juneteenth merch from our online shop? Visit https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/shop to get shirts, hoodies, mugs, and more!

And don't forget to register for our virtual Juneteenth celebration - happening this Saturday, 6/19 from 6 to 8 pm! https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/events

Our Virtual Juneteenth Celebration - happening THIS SATURDAY - features some amazing presenters, including up-and-coming...
06/16/2021

Our Virtual Juneteenth Celebration - happening THIS SATURDAY - features some amazing presenters, including up-and-coming vocalist and educator, Victoria Stanley from Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Victoria has just competed her Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University located in Princeton, New Jersey.

Register today to hear Victoria's beautiful and powerful voice, and see our other fantastic presenters.

https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/events

Our Virtual Juneteenth Celebration - happening THIS SATURDAY - features some amazing presenters, including up-and-coming vocalist and educator, Victoria Stanley from Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Victoria has just competed her Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University located in Princeton, New Jersey.

Register today to hear Victoria's beautiful and powerful voice, and see our other fantastic presenters.

https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/events

Our virtual Juneteenth celebration is happening THIS SATURDAY! Don't forget to register for this exciting online event, ...
06/15/2021

Our virtual Juneteenth celebration is happening THIS SATURDAY! Don't forget to register for this exciting online event, featuring some amazing presenters, including Janice Curtis Greene.

Janice the Griot is an accomplished storyteller who has been telling African, African American and Multicultural stories for over 25 years. Janice Curtis Greene has delighted adult and student audiences around the US and as far away as, Brazil, Canada, Zambia, South Africa and Egypt. Janice mesmerizes her audiences with folktales, original stories and Bible Stories set to syncopated Rap rhythms.

Janice has performed as narrator with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and is also known for her portrayals of historical African American females such as Harriett Tubman, Rosa Parks, Phillis Wheatley and Mother Mary Lange foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence.

To register and learn more about Janice and our Juneteenth celebration, visit: https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/juneteenth-celebration

Our virtual Juneteenth celebration is happening THIS SATURDAY! Don't forget to register for this exciting online event, featuring some amazing presenters, including Janice Curtis Greene.

Janice the Griot is an accomplished storyteller who has been telling African, African American and Multicultural stories for over 25 years. Janice Curtis Greene has delighted adult and student audiences around the US and as far away as, Brazil, Canada, Zambia, South Africa and Egypt. Janice mesmerizes her audiences with folktales, original stories and Bible Stories set to syncopated Rap rhythms.

Janice has performed as narrator with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and is also known for her portrayals of historical African American females such as Harriett Tubman, Rosa Parks, Phillis Wheatley and Mother Mary Lange foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence.

To register and learn more about Janice and our Juneteenth celebration, visit: https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/juneteenth-celebration

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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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Hello Everyone, we are celebrating Juneteenth this weekend with a Virtual Event tomorrow evening at 6pm with a great line-up of special guests and "edu-tainment." On Saturday, we are hosting the Great Mask Give-Away and Sale, featuring Afrocentric masks and promoting Black-owned businesses. Check out photos to see the creative and beautiful masks that will be available: The famous artist Synthia Saint James is even contributing to this fundraising effort. Go to our Juneteenth page to register and for more information. https://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/juneteenth-festival/.
My mother, Olivia Turner, [nee Haines] attended the school in the 1920's.
Founders' Day 2019
The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Hosanna on Saturday, June 23, 2018.
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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at the Hosanna School Museum -- Monday. Jan. 15, 2018.