The history of Annapolis includes the key roles that African Americans played in its development. During the 19th Century, “African Americans comprised one-third of the population in Annapolis” according to city records. Before the Civil War, Maryland had the greatest number of free African Americans of any state.
Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Matthew Henson, Harriet Tubman, and Thurgood Marshall are some of the most important African American historical figures from Maryland.
During February 2022, Americans will celebrate Black History Month, and there are three special places where you and your family can celebrate African American heritage in Annapolis. You can visit these sites on your own or take a tour that will give guests deeper insight.
Annapolis African American Sites
Partnering with the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Watermark provides the award-winning African American Heritage tour. It is typically scheduled during the Presidents’ Day Holiday weekend. The tour is also available as a group or private tour by appointment.
A Colonial-period costumed guide will accompany attendees on a walking tour that will explore the African American history and heritage of Annapolis. This tour hosted by Watermark will cover the lives of African Americans during the colonial and revolutionary era. The following summarizes the highlights.
Banneker-Douglass Museum – Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage. Tour members will have the chance to view the exhibits at their leisure.
Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial – Commemorates the arrival place of Alex Haley’s ancestor and central character in his novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family.
Thurgood Marshall Memorial – Honors our first African American Supreme Court justice. This memorial is located by the former Court of Appeals, where Marshall enjoyed the first major victory of his life-long struggle for equality under the law for all Americans.
Before or after visiting these sites, stop by Red Hot & Blue Annapolis and celebrate African American History Month with some great classic BBQ for lunch or dinner.
Red Hot & Blue Annapolis Highlights
Founded in 1988, Red Hot & Blue Annapolis is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and caterer featuring delicious award-winning ribs, Memphis-style barbecue, smoked wings, and Southern sides and desserts.
The atmosphere is steeped in legendary and contemporary blues music and delivers a large dose of Southern hospitality in a fun and entertaining dining environment. Bring your friends and family to our warm and friendly Annapolis location today!