Celebrating the past and present of the first places African-Americans owned land in Montgomery County, the Scotland community of Potomac, Md., is significantly expanding their annual Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival for 2023.
Featuring a children’s carnival and music performance, as well as art exhibitions, food, sports, and presentations on Black history in this region, the events for the federal holiday on Monday, June 19, will be spread across the Cabin John Regional Park, Cabin John Village, and the Scotland community on Seven Locks Road. Episcopal congregations including St. James Potomac and St. John’s Norwood are involved in supporting the Interfaith and Social Action Pavilion.
All net proceeds from the 2023 Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival will benefit the 2nd Century Project, a capital campaign launched in 2022 for the purpose of repairing and expanding the historic Scotland AME Zion Church on Seven Locks Road. The church, built by hand by congregants from 1915-1924, was severely damaged by a flood in the summer of 2019. In future years, the Festival will benefit other African-American causes in the region.