Negro Mountain Historical Marker Ceremony

Negro Mountain Historical Marker Ceremony

October 12th, 2023

A new historical marker is now sitting atop Negro Mountain in Garrett County to honor the man the mountain is named for. The Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Pittsburgh Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life & History and Maryland Historical Trust unveiled the historic marker, which commemorates an unknown Black frontiersman who marched from Fort Cumberland with Colonel Thomas Cresap and his troops. The man died on May 24, 1756 during a skirmish with Native American French allies. As a testament to his bravery, the mountain was named for him.

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We appreciate those from Garrett County who were able to attend as audience members, including a handful of our chapter members. We also appreciate the hard work of those involved in this momentous moment. And more importantly, we commemorate the historical tribute to the fallen frontiersman and his heroic deeds & courage.