BNHA, Partners Present “In Freedom’s Name: Maryland’s Black Men and Women and their Defense of Liberty” on 209th Anniversary of Defense of Baltimore

September 15, 2023

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BNHA, Partners Present “In Freedom’s Name: Maryland’s Black Men and Women and their Defense of Liberty” on 209th Anniversary of Defense of Baltimore

34-Minute Film Complements 43-Panel Exhibition, Commemorates September 12, 1814 Victory

Baltimore, MD (September 13, 2023)—Yesterday, on the 209th anniversary of Defense of Baltimore, Maryland Military Historical Society (MDMHS) African American Military History Project, the Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) , Maryland Heritage Area Authority, and Stevenson University presented a special film screening of “In Freedom’s Name: Maryland’s Black Men and Women and Their Defense of Liberty” — a 34-minute film that honors Maryland’s Black men and women for their contributions and sacrifices in the defense of liberty, at the Enoch Pratt Central Library.

On September 12, 1814, Baltimore's Black and white residents came together to defend the United States from the second British aggression. The battle was won and 209 years later, In Freedom’s Name salutes all men and women who have and continue to defend freedom and liberty for all.

“On this Defenders Day, we give honor to those Marylanders who have always defended the place they call home,” said Shauntee Daniels, BNHA executive director. “We honor the men and women who left their homes to defend freedom across the globe."

In addition to the screening, Major General Janeen L. Birckhead, the 31st Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard, offered remarks. She serves as an advisor to Maryland Governor Wes Moore and oversees over 6,300 soldiers, airmen, and federal state employees responsible for protecting and upholding national defense throughout Maryland.

The program also included a panel discussion that included MDMHS Historian Kerry McIntyre, Military Historian and Exhibit Curator Dr. Glenn Johnston, Assistant Superintendent Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine Robert Steward, and Superintendent Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine David H. Moore.

The film complements a 43-panel exhibit of the same name now on display in Annapolis.

On Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, the remembrance and celebration of this historic occasion will continue at Fort McHenry.

Attendees will explore the rich history of Baltimore's past and present brave defenders through parades, tours, demonstrations, and captivating performances by the Marching Knights of Baltimore City College High School, Marching Elite and Singing Sensations Choir.

The event will culminate with a musical celebration and spectacular fireworks, reminding us of the enduring legacy of Baltimore's heroes from 1814 to today.


About MDMHS African American Military History Project

The Maryland Military Historical Society (MDMHS) is a not for profit Maryland corporation that works to gather, preserve, curate, and share the military history of Marylanders in all branches of service, from the earliest days of the proprietary colony to the present. Find out more at

About Baltimore National Heritage Area

The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) works to promote, preserve and enhance Baltimore’s legacy through history, arts, and culture. Find out more at

About Maryland Heritage Area Authority

The Maryland Heritage Areas Program is governed by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust. MHAA provides targeted financial and technical assistance within thirteen locally designated Heritage Areas, each of which has a distinct focus or theme that represents a unique aspect of Maryland’s character. Find out more at

About Stevenson University

Serving over 2,700 undergraduate students as well as nearly 900 online students, the university is committed to providing exceptional experiences, a connection to career, and a community centered on student success. Find out more at