Unify Annapolis at the Banneker-Douglass Museum

Feb 24, 2022 | Annapolis

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Dedicated on February 24, 1984, the Banneker-Douglass Museum is Maryland’s official museum of African American history and culture, and it is dedicated to preserving the state’s heritage. Its exhibitions, programs, and projects are intended to increase appreciation and understanding of America’s rich cultural diversity.

Maryland’s African American Heroes

Christened after Maryland residents Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, prominent African Americans who advocated for the end of slavery, the museum highlights the contributions of African American citizens of Maryland. Below are the other historic figures honored at the museum:

  • Matthew Henson, famed Arctic explorer
  • Kunta Kinte, the protagonist of Alex Haley’s book and TV mini-series Roots
  • Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice
  • James Pennington, a Brooklyn abolitionist
  • Harriet Tubman, organizer of the Underground Railroad

Museum Features

Numerous exhibits chronicle and document the lives of black Americans in Maryland during the era of slavery to the modern day. They also display African and African American art. The museum houses a library and archives open to the public. Educational programs, seminars, workshops, and lectures are also offered by the Banneker-Douglass staff that utilizes a community-based approach.

Deep Roots, Rising Waters

This is the museum’s permanent exhibit, and it delivers moving lessons illustrating Maryland’s African American history from 1633 to the present. Visitors will learn how African Americans living in the state brought about important changes in the lives of all Americans through these first-person accounts.

Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake

Open until March 1, 2022, this stunning exhibit tells nine stories about how slaves of the Chesapeake Bay region resisted bondage from the Colonial Period to the Civil War (1728-1865). The Banneker-Douglass Museum encourages visitors to contemplate on how resistance and freedom appears in our lives today.

FYI: Banneker-Douglass Museum

Red Hot & Blue Annapolis Highlights

After enjoying the museum and all of the exhibits, stop by Red Hot & Blue Annapolis for some great food and hospitality!

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!