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The Walk of History

Prince George's County, MD

 
 
Prince George's County - The Walk of History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 1, 2010
1. Prince George's County - The Walk of History Marker
Inscription.
The Walk of History

“We walk in the footsteps of those who went before us.”

The 300th anniversary of the founding of Prince George’s County Maryland, was celebrated on April 23rd, 1996. Three hundred years before, in 1696, a new county had been created from lands formerly in Charles and Calvert counties. Since Maryland was an English colony, this new county was named in honor of Prince George of Denmark, the husband of England’s Queen Anne.

At the time of this Tricentennial Celebration in 1996, many community groups throughout Prince George’s County cooperated to create a lasting monument to commemorate the county’s rich and diverse culture rivaled by few other counties in the country. The motto, “300 Years: At Home in History”, was chosen to express this community’s belief that all residents, past and present, have enriched the heritage of this county they call “home”.

The “Walk of History” was conceived as an enduring artifact–a beautifully paved plaza between the County Administration Building and the County Court House. It reminds us that our collective history is important; we walk in the footsteps of those who went before us; but we may also make our own mark in our community, leaving footsteps for others to follow. Citizens, businesses and organizations have contributed bricks with memorial inscriptions.
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By Richard E. Miller, July 3, 2010
2. Prince George's County - The Walk of History Marker
Those inscribed bricks are arranged around granite center stones bearing the names and dates of historically significant Prince Georgians.

Begun in 1996 by the Tricentennial Celebration Committee, the “Walk of History” is an ongoing walk through history and is currently organized by the Prince George’s County Historical Society. Persons and groups are encouraged to become a part of this history as new sections of the brick walkway will be installed through time. For more information please contact the Prince George’s County Historical Society.

On September 15, 1952, twelve interested citizens met at Riversdale in what is now Riverdale Park, Maryland, and founded the Prince George’s County Historical Society. Since then, the Society has grown in numbers and programs, its underlying mission to preserve and foster an understanding and appreciation of the history and heritage of Prince George’s County.
Headquartered at Marietta House Museum* in Glenn Dale, Maryland since 1985, the Society also houses the Frederick S. DeMarr Memorial Library of County History.

*Riversdale and Marietta House Museum are both owned and operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission.

The right side of the marker are portraits and a short biography of three significant figures in the history of Prince George's County: Daniel Carroll II; Sarah Miranda Plummer Clark; and Jim Henson with his Muppets.
Daniel
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By Richard E. Miller, July 3, 2010
3. Prince George's County - The Walk of History Marker
Carroll II (1730-1796)


A native of Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County, Daniel Carroll II was appointed to the Executive Council of Maryland and served in the state senate. He was also a delegate to the Continental Congress, a signer of the United States Constitution and an elected Representative to the first United States Congress. Carroll was appointed by President George Washington as a surveyor for the District of Columbia, and served on its first Board of Commissioners.

Sara Miranda Plummer Clark (1842-1905)

Sara Miranda Plummer was born at Three Sisters plantation in central Prince George’s County. Her mother was a slave on that farm while her father was owned by the Calvert family and lived on the Riversdale plantation in what is now Riverdale Park. When Sarah was eighteen, she was abducted, sold and carried south to New Orleans. Six years later, after the Civil War, Sarah’s brother [Henry Vinton Plummer] found her and brought her to her parents’ home at Riversdale. On the night of her return, a vigil was held to give thanks and this marked the official founding of St. Paul’s Baptist Church.

Jim Henson (1936-1990)

James Maury Henson was born in Mississippi and moved with his family to Prince George’s County, Maryland in the 1940s. While attending Northwestern High School in Hyattsville and the University of Maryland at College Park, Henson first created the forerunners of the
Prince George's County - The Walk of History Marker in the shade, middle right image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 3, 2010
4. Prince George's County - The Walk of History Marker in the shade, middle right
with the sculpture
"Freedom"
ospry by John Neal Mullican, 1988.
Muppets, including a version of what was to become his signature character, Kermit the Frog. He subsequently became one of the most important and influential puppeteers in American history as well as a television producer and filmmaker known worldwide.
 
Erected by Prince George’s County Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 49.022′ N, 76° 45.029′ W. Marker is in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on The Walk of History north of Main Street (Maryland Route 725). Click for map. Marker is accessible to pedestrians on the east side of the "Walk" which extends from the Prince George's County Court House to the County Administration Building, north of Main Street. Main Street is directly accessible from Crain Hwy. (U.S. 301) to the east and from Pennsylvania Avenue (MD 4) to the south via Water Street (MD 717). Marker is in this post office area: Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This White Oak Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); John Rogers (1723 - 1789) (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of John Carroll (within shouting distance of this marker); Archbishop John Carroll (within shouting distance of this marker); The Right Will Prevail
Daniel Carroll II (1730-1796) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2013
5. Daniel Carroll II (1730-1796)
A native of Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County, Daniel Carroll II was appointed to the Executive Council of Maryland and served in the state senate. He was also a delegate to the Continental Congress, a signer of the United States Constitution and an elected Representative to the first United States Congress. Carroll was appointed by President George Washington as a surveyor for the District of Columbia, and served on its first Board of Commissioners.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Site of the Residence of Dr. William Beanes (about 500 feet away); Turn of Events (about 500 feet away); William Beanes (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Upper Marlboro.
 
More about this marker. Included in the blue background section of the marker are three seals. The upper left seal is the Prince George’s County, Maryland official seal. The right center is the logo of “Prince George’s County Tricentennial 1696-1996," which includes their motto, "At home in history!" The lower left seal is that of the Prince George’s County Historical Society.
 
Also see . . .  Prince George's County Seal and History. (Submitted on July 3, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Reconstruction; P.G. County; Tercentennial.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansAntebellum South, USColonial EraEntertainmentNotable EventsNotable PersonsPatriots & PatriotismPolitical SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers
 
Sara Miranda Plummer Clark (1842-1905) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2013
6. Sara Miranda Plummer Clark (1842-1905)
Sara Miranda Plummer was born at Three Sisters plantation in central Prince George’s County. Her mother was a slave on that farm while her father was owned by the Calvert family and lived on the Riversdale plantation in what is now Riverdale Park. When Sarah was eighteen, she was abducted, sold and carried south to New Orleans. Six years later, after the Civil War, Sarah’s brother [Henry Vinton Plummer] found her and brought her to her parents’ home at Riversdale. On the night of her return, a vigil was held to give thanks and this marked the official founding of St. Paul’s Baptist Church.
Jim Henson (1936-1990) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2013
7. Jim Henson (1936-1990)
James Maury Henson was born in Mississippi and moved with his family to Prince George’s County, Maryland in the 1940s. While attending Northwestern High School in Hyattsville and the University of Maryland at College Park, Henson first created the forerunners of the Muppets, including a version of what was to become his signature character, Kermit the Frog. He subsequently became one of the most important and influential puppeteers in American history as well as a television producer and filmmaker known worldwide.
Sara Miranda Plummer Clark image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2013
8. Sara Miranda Plummer Clark
Stone on the Walk of History
Jim Henson image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2013
9. Jim Henson
Stone on the Walk of History
Daniel Carroll, II image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2013
10. Daniel Carroll, II
Stone on the Walk of History
Prince George's County Historical Society<br>Founded 1952 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2013
11. Prince George's County Historical Society
Founded 1952
Stone on the Walk of History
Prince George's County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 3, 2010
12. Prince George's County Marker
View past the marker toward the the Prince George's County Court House.
View toward the County Administration Building image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 3, 2010
13. View toward the County Administration Building
from the Prince George's County Walk of History Marker.
Freedom image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2013
14. Freedom
Osprey Statue by John Neal Mullican
Freedom Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2013
15. Freedom Plaque

"Freedom"
Osprey
by
John Neal Mullican
Placed by
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
and
The Prince Georges County Beautification Committee
1988
Osprey image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2013
16. Osprey
Osprey image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 17, 2013
17. Osprey
 
 
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