On Sept. 12, 1814, Baltimore’s residents, Black and White, male and female, free and enslaved, came together to defend our country from a foreign aggressor. We won. While the War of 1812 has been called “America’s Second War of Independence,” there are some who say that our victory was, in fact, a failure because it did not bring full equality to all men and women. In the end, however, it reflected our resilience and ability to work together to defend our nation. It set the stage for the 207 years that followed.  We salute all men and women, Black and White, who defend freedom and liberty for ALL.

In commemoration of the Defense of Baltimore in September 1814, we request the honor of your presence at a special screening of the film “In Freedom’s Name: Maryland’s Black Men and Women and their Defense of Liberty” from 6-7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, in the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Central Library, located at 400 Cathedral St. in Baltimore.

Made possible by the Maryland Military Historical Society, The Baltimore National Heritage Area, Maryland Heritage Area Authority and Stevenson University, this film project is a complement to the 43-panel exhibit of the same name that is now on display in Annapolis.

Our guest speaker, Maj. Gen. Janeen L. Birckhead, serves as the 31st adjutant general of Maryland. In this capacity, MG Birckhead advises the governor of Maryland. She is responsible for leading a force of over 6,300 National Guard soldiers and airmen, and federal and state employees responsible for providing a relevant and capable force ready to fight, protect, defend and prevail against all threats in a multidomain environment.

The event will feature a panel of notable experts:

-Kerry McIntyre – Board Member, Maryland Military Historical Society

-Glenn Johnston, PhD –Historian and Exhibit Curator, Stevenson University

-Robert Stewart, Assistant Superintendent, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

-Dave Moore, Superintendent, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

-Christopher George, Naval Historian

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