Union Baptist Church Choir To Perform At B&O Railroad


The B&O Railroad Museum is honored to host the Union Baptist Church choir for an unforgettable live concert in celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 19 at 1:30 PM.

“The B&O Railroad Museum is so pleased to be collaborating with Union Baptist Church for this important remembrance. The sound of the Choir voices in the historic Baldwin Roundhouse will be a special experience,” said Kris Hoellen, executive director of the B&O Railroad Museum.

The Union Baptist Church has a proud history of involvement in the civil rights movement, dating back to 1892 when pastor Dr. Harvey Johnson, a friend of W.E.B. DuBois, withdrew the church from the Maryland Baptist Union Association due to discrimination and went on to organize the Colored Baptist Convention. The withdrawal effectively made Union Baptist the first independent African American Baptist church in Maryland. Reverend Alvin Hathaway Sr., senior pastor of Union Baptist Church, added “Union Baptist Church feels this concert in association with the B&O Museum will highlight the important role of the African American experience in the railroad industry.” 

Please join us as we welcome the Choir to rejoice in concert in the B&O’s historic Roundhouse. The performance is complimentary with admission and a part of the museum’s “Civil Rights and the B&O” events throughout the holiday weekend.

B&O History: From Slavery to Civil Rights Tour

Saturday, January 18 – 10:30 AM & 2 PM; Sunday, January 19 – 2:30 PM; Monday, January 20 – 1 PM A special tour which highlights the history of African Americans on the B&O Railroad and includes the rare opportunity to enter a Pullman sleeper car. Tour included with admission.

Bridge to Freedom Kids Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19 – 12 PM; Monday, January 20 – 11 AM & 2 PM Young students of history will construct their own bridges as they learn about the role African American bridge-builders and railroad workers played in securing the Union’s victory in the Civil War. Free for B&O members and $6 for non-members plus admission. Advance registration is required, and registration closes January 16. Visit www.borail.events/kidsworkshop to register.