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SO Glad That We Didn't Miss This!
Jan 05, 2015 by: LivinglifeinPA from Allentown, PA
We usually check TA before we leave for any get-away. This museum was highly rated by TA, so we "inked it in" for our visit to Annapolis........SO glad that we did! Yes, it is a small museum, but we both learned SO much about black history & slavery just by looking at the exhibits..........who would have ever known that we had black cowboys???? We always think of Roy Rogers & all those other cowboys......but they were always white! There are changing exhibitions on both the 2nd & 3rd floors. When we visited, the 2nd floor exhibit was "Deep Roots, Changing Waters".....an amazing exhibit that depicted how MD African Americans affected Civil Rights Movements throughout our country. The 3rd floor offered an art exhibit of 12 local black artists, using a variety of mediums, to express their stories & thoughts. As we were leaving the museum, we chatted with the gentleman at the Front Desk for almost an hour. He is an amazing person.........he gave us additional information about the origin of the museum and then proceeded to give us Annapolis dining/touring tips for our stay. We just hope that the museum realizes what a tremendous asset he is. There is no fee to tour this wonderful gem, but I hope that, if you decide to visit Banneker- Douglass, you will leave a donation in their Donation Box. Trust me, it is totally worth it! (I'd allow an hour or so to tour both floors.)
suprisingly many famous blacks from Maryland
Aug 24, 2014 by: Dutch Brother from Washington, DC
This small museum does not have that much, but nonetheless it is quite interesting. Frederick Douglas gave the sermon when the church was dedicated, Rosa Parks visited the church, and the displays describe the history of numerous famous black people from nearby Maryland including Matthew Henson and Thurgood Marshall, as well as other not quite so famous people. The church is simple, but has very nice stained glass windows. It's great that it was preserved and not torn down like Anne Arundel County wanted to do. The gentleman at the front desk was very nice and gave a good introduction to the museum. It's free and worth the time.
Aug 18, 2014 by: 2003Stillstanding from Annapolis, Maryland
So much I did not know, audio and costumes tell stories of some individuals I never knew played such roles in history.
Aug 17, 2014 by: AABeyer from Freeland, Maryland
We came to this museum when we found it on TripAdvisor and glad that we did. We have two tweens and they don't have the attention span for these types of things that we adults do and this museum was just the right size. We all learned a lot about slavery in Maryland, most specifically in the Annapolis/Baltimore region. The gentleman that greeted us and started us on our tour could not have been nicer and more welcoming. This place is a real gem
African American history
Jul 22, 2014 by: Journeying_Jean from Boston, Massachusetts
Another free stop in Annapolis with insight into African American history in Maryland and Annapolis. The AME church portion features an exhibit of Herbert Frisby, the second African American to the North Pole (he was inspired by the story of Alexander Henson, the first to make it with Cdr. Peary). The main museum part featured displays on the fight to save the church where Frederick Douglas once spoke and about the fight for freedom in Maryland with spotlights on key players such as Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman. I was impressed by the correspondence between Benjamin Banneker & Thomas Jefferson, the former confronting the latter on his slave holdings. Enlightening, a nice addition to other sites in the city and state.
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