Maryland Honors Its Rich African-American Heritage
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Maryland Honors Its Rich African-American Heritage 

1/14/2009 
 

MARYLAND HONORS ITS RICH AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE

Selected Sites Highlight Maryland’s Diverse Roots

BALTIMORE (Jan. 14, 2009) – While we recognize the critical role that African Americans have contributed to the foundation of our great state throughout the year, Black History Month provides us an opportunity to pause and reflect on our rich heritage. Maryland is proud of its local ties to nationally significant African-American history. Many of our country’s greatest African-American leaders lived here and fought for freedom, helped advance social equality, brought forth new inventions and enriched our lives with their creative talents. In Maryland you can walk in Harriet Tubman’s steps along the Underground Railroad, trace the accomplishments of Frederick Douglass, visit the headquarters of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, or groove to the timeless sounds of Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday and Eubie Blake.

The venues listed below are only a sampling of Maryland’s numerous African-American heritage sites. A comprehensive list may be found in Maryland’s African-American Heritage Guide. Additionally, the Maryland Office of Tourism distributes a brochure titled the Underground Railroad: Maryland’s Network to Freedom, a map-guide to 41 sites, programs and facilities that depict the struggle of the enslaved attempting to escape to freedom through Maryland’s Underground Railroad. For these publications or more information about any aspect of travel in Maryland, prospective visitors may call 800-719-5900 or visit the state’s tourism web site, www.visitmaryland.org.

 

Central Maryland

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-216-6180
www.bdmuseum.com
Housed in the former Methodist Episcopal Church, the Banneker-Douglass Museum is the official repository of African-American history and culture for Maryland. The museum annually sponsors and hosts a variety of preservation, arts and cultural lectures, workshops, performances, and other programs. 

 

Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center “Twin Oaks”
3200 Wayman Avenue
Highland Beach, MD 21403
410-267-6960
www.boojwa.com/museums/fred_doug.html
Originally built in 1895 as a summer cottage for Frederick Douglass, the center now serves as a memorial dedicated to preserving and displaying exhibits related to his family and the history of the Highland Beach community. Highland Beach is the first charted African-American township in the state of Maryland and America’s oldest black resort community.

 

Kunta Kinte Plaque-Alex Haley Memorial
Annapolis City Dock
Annapolis, MD 21401
www.kintehaley.org
A life-size bronze statue of Alex Haley, author of Roots, is situated next to the site of the plaque honoring his ancestor Kunta Kinte, an enslaved African brought to Annapolis in 1767. The statue was designed by nationally acclaimed African-American sculptor Ed Dwight.

 

Thurgood Marshall Memorial
Lawyer’s Mall
Maryland State House
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-585-0070
www.mdarchives.state.md.us
This memorial honors Thurgood Marshall, a Marylander and the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. He served for 24 years. His most famous case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka 1954, ended racial segregation in American public schools.


BALTIMORE CITY  

 

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
847 N Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-225-3130
www.eubieblake.org
This center honors the life of Baltimore jazz legend Eubie Blake by promoting African-American art and culture in the city of Baltimore. It hosts musical theatre and jazz concerts, operates an extensive gallery and holds performing arts classes.

 

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park
Bond Street Wharf
1417 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
410-685-0295 ext 252
www.douglassmyers.org
Through displays and events, experience Frederick Douglass’ early life as a caulker in a Baltimore shipyard. Learn about free-born African-American Isaac Myers who founded the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company, the first African-American owned and operated shipyard.

 

National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
1601-03 E North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21213
410-563-3404
www.greatblacksinwax.org
The nation’s first African-American history wax museum features more than 100 life-size wax figures posed in dramatic historical scenes.

 

NAACP Headquarters
4805 Mount Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-358-8900
www.naacp.org
Founded in 1905, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. It features the Henry Lee Moon Library and Civil Rights Archives and a memorial garden named for writer Dorothy Parker.

 

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture
830 E Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
443-263-1800
www.africanamericanculture.org
The largest African-American museum on the East Coast features a 2,000 seat theater, an oral history studio, classrooms and spacious exhibition space. It encompasses more than 350 years of Maryland African-American history with an exhibition gallery and permanent exhibits focusing on family and community, labor, and arts and enlightenment.

 

Sports Legends at Camden Yards
301 W Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-727-1539
www.baberuthmuseum.com
This museum offers a comprehensive exhibit on the Negro League. Baltimore had two teams that were part of the Eastern Colored League (ECL), which was later replaced by the American Negro League (ANL): The Baltimore Elite Giants and the Baltimore Black Socks.

 

BALTIMORE COUNTY  

 

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum
300 Oella Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
410-887-1081
Developed in partnership between Baltimore County and the community, this 142-acre institution of cultural and natural history features a living-history colonial farm, artifacts and changing gallery exhibits. Banneker, a Maryland native, was a self-educated astronomer and known as the first African-American man of science.

  

Hampton National Historic Site

535 Hampton Lane

Towson, MD  21286

410-823-1309

www.nps.gov/hamp

Hampton is the story of people -- enslaved African Americans, indentured servants, industrial and agricultural workers, and owners. It is also the story of the economic and moral changes that made this kind of life obsolete. When it was finished in 1790, Hampton was the largest house in the United States and home to more than 340 slaves.

Oblate House
701 Gun Road
Catonsville, MD 21227
410-242-8500

www.oblatesisters.com
Tour the building that was originally a school run by four Haitian women. In 1831, they took their vows and became the first Roman Catholic congregation of African-American nuns, named the Oblate Sisters of Providence by Pope Gregory XVI.
For more information click here

 

HOWARD COUNTY

 

African Art Museum of Maryland
5430 Vantage Point Road
Columbia, MD 21044
410-730-7106
www.africanartmuseum.org
The museum features a collection exhibiting and preserving African art. The museum offers tours, outreach programs with video presentations, lectures, and films.

 

Howard County Center of African-American Culture
5434 Vantage Point Road
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-1921
The newly renovated center preserves artifacts significant to African-American history in Howard County.

 

Howard County Center of African-American Culture Research Library
Library Building, Room 220
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland 21044
410-772-4002
www.hccaacres.org
Located on the campus of Howard Community College, the research library includes more than 12,000 items in collections of fiction, non-fiction, Howard County/Maryland, Underground Railroad, reference and periodicals as they pertain to African-American history and culture.

 


Eastern Shore

DORCHESTER COUNTY


Bazel Methodist Episcopal Church
Bestpitch Ferry Road, South of Greenbriar Road
Cambridge, MD 21613

410-288-1000
www.tourdorchester.org
Visit the small wooden church where Harriet Tubman worshipped in the mid-1800s.

 

Bucktown Village Store
4303 Bucktown Road
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-901-9255
www.tourdorchester.org
This is the site where Tubman refused to help an overseer capture a runaway slave. The overseer threw a two-pound weight, injuring Tubman and leaving her in a coma for several days. She experienced seizures throughout the rest of her life. Starting at the store, take a historical tour of Harriet Tubman’s birthplace and the churches used as stops along the Underground Railroad.

 

Harriet Tubman Birthplace Marker
Greenbriar Road
Cambridge, MD 21613
www.tourdorchester.org
View the site where Harriet Tubman was born and raised. Travel to Greenbriar Swamp along the edge of the former Brodess field, where she began her escape to freedom.

 

Harriet Tubman Memorial Garden
Route
50, eastbound side at Washington Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
This site pays tribute to Tubman through a landscaped garden, interpretive signs and painted mural.

 

Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center
424 Race Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-0401
www.tourdorchester.org
Formed to keep the legacy of Harriet Tubman alive, the museum offers tours, literature and historical displays.


TALBOT COUNTY

Frederick Douglass Marker
Matthewstown Road, near Tuckahoe River Bridge
Easton, MD 21601

410-770-8000
A marker honoring the memory of Frederick Douglass, a Maryland slave who later became a leader of the abolitionist movement, is placed at his birthplace on a farm that is now Trappers Creek.

 
Capital Region

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Josiah Henson Site ("Uncle Tom's Cabin")
11420 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20852
301-650-4373

The Josiah Henson Site (formerly called the "Riley Farm/Uncle Tom's Cabin") is a historic resource of local, state, national and international significance because of its association with Reverend Josiah Henson, whose 1849 autobiography inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's landmark novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. The Riley farm was where Henson lived and worked as a slave from 1795 to 1825. Many of Henson's experiences of living as a slave on the Riley property are vividly depicted in his autobiographies and are recreated in Stowe's novel.

 

Sandy Spring Slave Museum & African Art Gallery, Inc.
18524 Brooke Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
301-384-0727
www.sandyspringslavemuseum.org
This museum focuses on the Trans-Atlantic passage, the Underground Railroad and the struggle for civil rights. Exhibits include a cross section of a slaving clipper carrier ship, a slavery-era log cabin, an arts pavilion and a great hall that houses a resource library.

 
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

Dorsey Chapel
10704 Brookland Road
Glenn Dale, MD 20769
301-464-5291
www.pgparks.com/places/eleganthistoric/dorsey_intro.html
Constructed in 1900 and restored in 1996, this rural African-American church was the religious and social center of the Brookland black farming community for more than 70 years. It contains the original pews and pulpit.


Northhampton Plantation Slave Quarters Archeological Site
Lake Arbor Community
100700 Lake Overlook Drive
Mitchellville, MD 20721
301-627-1286
www.pgparks.com/places/eleganthistoric/northampton_intro.html
This site features rebuilt foundations of two 19th-century slave quarters from the remains of an old tobacco plantation and includes interpretive signage to guide visitors.

 

Southern Maryland

 

CALVERT COUNTY

 

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

10515 McKall Road

St. Leonard, MD  20685

410-586-8501

www.jefpat.org

 

Archaeological park and visitor center with exhibits, including Sukeek’s Cabin Site, representing a previously enslaved family’s first home as free people after the Civil War. Site of annual African-American Family Community Day in July. Maryland Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site.

 

CHARLES COUNTY

 

African-American Heritage Society Museum
7485 Crain Highway
La Plata, MD 20646
301-843-0371
www.potomacheritage.org/pathfind/afri.asp
View collections of artifacts, documents and photographs that span 350 years and depict the life and history of African Americans who lived in Charles County from 1658 to the present.


ST. MARY’S COUNTY

Sotterley Plantation
44300 Sotterley Lane
Hollywood, MD 20636
301-373-2280
www.sotterley.org
Sotterley Plantation is a valuable resource that continues to set standards for excellence in museum education for the study of African-American history. Sotterley tells the story of real people who lived and worked at the plantation during its three centuries of history. Sotterley’s Slavery To Freedom program focuses on working with primary sources, participating in an archaeological dig, and touring an original slave cabin still standing on site. The history of the Kane family, who were enslaved at Sotterley during the 19th century, is highlighted throughout the program.

 

Western Maryland

 

ALLEGANY COUNTY

 

African-American Heritage Society
183 N Centre Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-7785
www.mountaindiscoveries.com/stories/ss2002/africansociety_plain.html
Explore the African-American history and culture of Western Maryland through the society’s exhibits. Relax at the cozy Café 7, a perfect corner of the museum in which to sip a warm cup of coffee while browsing through African-American inspired magazines.


WASHINGTON COUNTY

 

Doleman Black History Museum
540 N Locust Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-8185
www.marylandmemories.org/african_american.html

The museum offers a complete history of African Americans in Washington County through artifacts and books. Also included in the collection are dolls, souvenir buttons and World War II memorabilia.

 

Kennedy Farm House (John Brown Headquarters)
2406 Chesternut Grove Road
Sharpsburg, MD  21782
202-537-8900, 301-977-3599
www.johnbrown.org
Old farmhouse served as staging area as John Brown (abolitionist leader) and his army prepared for Harpers Ferry raid over the summer of 1859.