LEONARDTOWN, Md. – Saturday, April 24, at 4 p.m., visitors are welcomed to St. Clement’s Island Museum for a free authentic American Civil War era concert on the beautiful waterside lawn of the museum during the weekend commemorating a forgotten tragedy of the Civil War – the Black Diamond Disaster, which happened right in the Potomac River at St. Clement’s Island.

This family-friendly outdoor concert on the waterfront lawn of the museum will feature the Federal City Brass Band, a group that appears in period dress, uses mostly period instruments, and their musical selections are based on the military music books from the 1860s.

“We are super excited to bring this group to Southern Maryland,” says Karen Stone, Manager for the St. Mary’s County Museum Division. “This concert is great for all ages, and social distancing on the lawn – and masking outside of familial units while seated – will be strictly enforced so everyone will feel safe while here.” Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out on the grass to enjoy the music. A limit of 250 individuals will be allowed in the concert area.

The museum will be open free to all the entire day, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and free water taxi rides will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff will be masked, and frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized. Sanitizer will be available for visitors. Industrial air purifiers have been installed at the museum.

For more information about the free concert or the entire weekend event, please call St. Clement’s Island Museum at 301-769-2222 or visit Facebook.com/SCIMuseum. This concert was made possible by the Southern Maryland Heritage Area and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

About the St. Mary’s County Museum Division
The St. Mary’s County Museum Division was established by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to collect, preserve, research and interpret the historic sites and artifacts which illustrate the natural and cultural histories of St. Mary’s County and the Potomac River. With this as its charter, the Museum Division serves as a resource, liaison and community advocate for all St. Mary’s County public and private cultural assets. For more information regarding hours of operation, programs, events, admission prices and more, visit the St. Mary’s County Museum Division’s social media pages on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCIMuseum, Facebook.com/1836Light, Facebook.com/DraydenSchool or Facebook.com/TheOldJailMuseum, or on Twitter at @StClemIsMuseum, @OldJailMuseum or @PineyPtLHMuseum, or at Museums.StMarysMD.com.