The Grove Community

The Grove Community (HM2D8X)

Location: Laurel, MD 20707 Prince George's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 6.217', W 76° 51.424'

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The Grove name is thought to come from the stands of large oak trees that grew across the street from what is now St. Mark's United Methodist Church. By the 1870s the Grove was the site of community festivals and events.

Records are unclear when Blacks began to settle in the section of Laurel known as "The Grove." However, census records and local directories indicate that after the Civil War African Americans living in Laurel were concentrated in the Grove area.

St. Marks, founded in 1890, along with the schools, became the center of Grove community life.

Laurel schools were segregated until the 1960s. The Laurel Colored School (School No. 2), opened in 1884. The school, which served Laurel's African American students until 1962, was moved to a building on what is now Emancipation Park and renamed the Laurel Grove School

For More than 100 years the Grove has been home to the community's Emancipation Day celebration, which commemorates the freeing of the slaves in the 1860s.

Senior Grove residents recalled that crowds from Washington and Baltimore, as well as elsewhere in the county, once came to Laurel for the parades, picnics, baseball and celebrations associated with the event.

September 7, 1991 the site of the former Laurel Grove School and oak grove was dedicated and

named Emancipation Community Park.
HM NumberHM2D8X
Placed ByCity of Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at 10:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 339422 N 4329916
Decimal Degrees39.10361667, -76.85706667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.217', W 76° 51.424'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 13.02" N, 76° 51' 25.44" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301, 410
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 513 8th St, Laurel MD 20707, US
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