In celebration of Black History Month, the Montgomery County Department of Parks will be offering free guided tours of the plantation that inspired Harriett Beecher Stowe’s novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Tours of Josiah Henson Historic Site in North Bethesda are every Saturday in February from noon to 3 p.m. Henson lived and worked as a slave from 1795 to 1830. Visitors will learn about Henson’s journey up the Underground Railroad to Canada.

The celebration culminates on Feb. 26 with a one-hour poetry reading, “Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom,” where guests are encouraged to perform their own slavery or freedom-themed work.

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