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Maryland’s Year of Civil Rights!

With 2024 being the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act (1964), the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and Banneker-Douglass Museum are declaring 2024 as “Maryland’s Year of Civil Rights” with exciting and relevant programming, exhibitions, and partnerships.

From 1964’s Bell vs. Maryland to 1963’s Treaty of Cambridge, Maryland has been the backdrop to civil rights legislation throughout the years. Additionally, Maryland has been the home to civil rights icons such as Verda Freeman Welcome, Thurgood Marshall, and Gloria Richardson.

Upcoming Exhibit!

A Story to Tell is an arts and literacy exhibition celebrating the beauty and importance of Black history, art, & literature. The exhibit features large portraits by Maryland artist Ernest Shaw and children and young adult (YA) books presented by Baltimore Read Aloud.

The Banneker-Douglass Museum invites families, art lovers, and readers to explore the exhibited art and literature to build greater connections, appreciation, and understanding of Black history and heritage.

The exhibition opens November 8th. Save the date for the opening reception on December 9th.

Songye 2 (2019) by Ernest Shaw >>>>>>>

Black History 365 Continues

Black History 365 is a collection of stories, art and events that highlight the history, heritage and contributions of Black Marylanders as well as the history of the people of the African Diaspora in Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. Here, their culture and excellence are celebrated year round through a collaborative initiative across county and state wide organizations, spearheaded by the Banneker-Douglass Museum, in partnership with Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County.

To submit your Black History event, exhibition, program or virtual event, click here.

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Our Mission

Documenting, interpreting, and promoting African-American history & culture

As the State of Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage, the Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to document, to interpret, and to promote African American history and culture (particularly in Maryland) through exhibitions, programs, and projects in order to improve the understanding and appreciation of America’s rich cultural diversity for all.

The Banneker-Douglass Museum is operated by the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture.


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and Volunteer!

Have you ever wanted to know what goes on behind-the-scenes at a museum? Well now’s your chance to find out!

Whether you want to be a tour guide, a program helper, a cataloger, a general museum assistant, or something in between, we want YOU! Head on over to our Volunteer page to find out how you can get involved.

News and Announcements

In following the CDC guidelines and the State of Maryland regulations, guests are encouraged to wear a mask when entering the museum. A maximum of 100 guests will be allowed into the museum at one time. Sanitation stations are available throughout the museum. 

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For more information on human trafficking in Maryland visit the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention.