February is Black History Month, a time used to focus on the contributions of African Americans both in the United States and throughout the world. In Howard County, it is believed that there were a number of people who played an important role in the history of the Underground Railway. Although it is difficult to corroborate, some Howard County historians believe that Harriett Tubman was one of the people who led groups of slaves from Howard County plantations to freedom in other northern locations. 

According to The Beacon , "local historians believe the community of Simpsonville was an important stopover point in the county’s Underground Railroad connections.' Simpsonville was a logical community for runaway slaves, because the slaveholder Nicholas Worthington freed his 17 slaves and gave them each land in the community,' according to the HoCo Connect blog site. The community was called Freetown because of Worthington’s act in 1845." 

Do these names sound familiar to the residents of District 4: Simpsonville Road, Freetown Road, and Harriett Tubman Lane? On Saturday, February 23, you can visit the Harriett Tubman School (8045 Harriett Tubman Lane) , the County's High School for African American students from 1949-1965, at which time Howard County schools became desegregated. There will be a celebration of black history from 10am-2pm. Hope to see you there.
Keeping Up with Deb
Below are some of the events and meetings I have recently attended. Let me know about your community activities so I can stop by, if my schedule allows.

02/12 - North Columbia Fire Station Town Hall
02/13 - MACo Legislative Meeting
02/13 - Chief Myers Swearing-In Ceremony
02/16 - Coffee with Deb
Thanks to everybody who came out for my first Coffee with Deb. We had fantastic conversations about all the ways in which District 4 can improve. I'm so thankful to be serving this community.
Community Affairs
Free Yoga and Barre Classes at Barre
The Mall in Columbia
near Lululemon and Yoga - near Williams Sonoma
February 23rd, March 30, April 27, and May 25
9am - 10am

Come join free Barre and Yoga classes on the last Saturday of the month thru May
Barre - Upper level near Lululemon
Yoga - Lower level near Williams Sonoma
Howard Community College Diversity Film Festival
February 25, 2019 - March 1, 201 9 12pm - 7pm
Monteabaro Recital Hal l
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

call (443) 518-1500 for details or click here for details
March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 
8am - 5pm
2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship

click here for details