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  • Exhibition Opening Reception Recap

      The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy Exhibition Opening Reception Recap MEDIA ADVISORY  For Immediate Release November 14, 2022   Contact: Jan F. Lee, Director of Marketing and Communications /  jan.lee@maryland.gov / (410) 216-6185   Annapolis, MD – On last Thursday, November 10th, the Banneker-Douglass Museum in collaboration with guest curator Myrtis Bedolla of Galerie Myrtis  Read the Rest…


  • Opening Reception for Superlative Exhibit of 17 Maryland-Based Artists Exploring Themes of Black Resistance and Joy on November 10th

    The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy Presents Multidisciplinary Works of Art by Seventeen Critically-acclaimed Black Maryland-based Artists MEDIA ADVISORY  For Immediate Release November 7, 2022   Contact: Jan F. Lee, Director of Marketing and Communications /  jan.lee@maryland.gov / (410) 216-6185   Annapolis, MD – The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance  Read the Rest…


  • Araminta with Rifle and Vévé Coming to Banneker-Douglass Museum

    Monumental sculpture of Harriet Tubman by “Genius” Fellow Dr. Joyce J. Scott on display at Banneker-Douglass Museum starting September 1st For Immediate Release – August 1, 2022 Annapolis, MD – Come to the Banneker-Douglass Museum starting September 1st to stand in awe of the monumental sculpture, Araminta with Rifle and Vévé (2017), created by MacArthur “Genius”  Read the Rest…


  • From 1619 to Today Part III: Youth Mural Project & Book Giveaway was a Success

    On June 11, 2022, youth and community members came together for the culminating event, “From 1619 to Today Part III” to create a mural of Harriet Tubman in celebration of Tubman’s year-long 200th Birthday Celebration while incorporating themes from The 1619 Project by Nicole Hannah-Jones.  The mural concept was developed by Chanel Compton, artist and Executive Director  Read the Rest…


  • Announcement: Landmark Bills Increase State Funding 

    Expanding Banneker-Douglass Museum Operations & African American Preservation Grant  Letter from the Chair of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Dear Friends of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, Monday, May 16th, Governor Larry Hogan, House Speaker Adrienne Jones, and Senate President Bill Ferguson signed HB 1048, The Senator  Read the Rest…


  • Winter/Spring 2022 Highlights

    View highlights of Banneker-Douglass Museum’s Winter/Spring 2022 programs and activities in our donor newsletter below!


  • Maryland School For The Deaf wins the Harriet Tubman Women Of Courage Video Contest

    In celebration of the bicentennial birth date of Harriet Tubman, Governor Larry Hogan officially proclaimed 2022 as “The Year of Harriet Tubman” in Maryland. Sponsored by the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, children and adults living in Maryland inspired by Harriet Tubman’s legacy were invited to submit a  Read the Rest…


  • Governor Hogan Proclaims 2022 as “The Year of Harriet Tubman” in Maryland

    Commemorates 200th Anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s Birth, Fifth Anniversary of Opening of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today officially proclaimed 2022 as “The Year of Harriet Tubman” in Maryland as the state celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the nation’s most renowned freedom fighter. The  Read the Rest…


  • Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot Presents Museum with Citation for Program Excellence

    On March 2, 2022 the Honorable Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot toured the Banneker-Douglass Museum’s collections and exhibition and presented a citation to the Banneker-Douglass Museum for program excellence. We are very happy to have hosted our State Comptroller and give him a private tour of the museum and are equally as grateful to be  Read the Rest…


  • Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism presents 2022 Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards

    Annual Awards Ceremony Recognizes Excellence in Mentorship, Engagement and Helping Others Annapolis, MD – The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism today announced the eight recipients of the 5th Annual Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards at the Banneker-Douglass Museum. The awards ceremony recognizes Maryland-based, African American (or of the African diaspora) individuals or  Read the Rest…


  • Harriet Tubman 2022 Women’s History Month Women of Courage Video Contest

        In celebration of the bicentennial birth date of Harriet Tubman, we are pleased to announce our inaugural Harriet Tubman 2022 Women’s History Month Women of Courage Video Contest. In order to honor the life of Maryland’s native daughter, we invite ALL Marylander’s who have been inspired by the legacy of Harriet Tubman to submit videos  Read the Rest…


  • Black History 365

    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  Read the Rest…


  • Governor’s Office 2022 Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards

      Annapolis, MD – The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism today opened nominations for the 5th Annual Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards. “Black History Month offers an opportunity to recognize African Americans in Maryland who go above and beyond in the name of service,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I encourage all Marylanders to  Read the Rest…


  • A Year in Review: Save & Preserve African American History & Culture in Maryland

      As our museum enters a new stage of growth and expansion, we are excited to share with you this update. Please read below for a few of our accomplishments, future plans, and an invitation to seize the opportunities ahead of us.  The Banneker-Douglass Museum, Maryland’s State Museum on African American history and culture serves  Read the Rest…


  • Kwanzaa Unity Celebration Agenda

    Join us December 11th from 11am – 3pm This year’s Banneker-Douglass Museum’s Kwanzaa program will celebrate the first principle “Unity” (Umoja) which is a commitment to building, developing, and defending African American and Diasporic communities. This year’s programming will include local Black vendors, entertainment, and a fully activated museum space with fun-filled activities for the entire family!⁠  Read the Rest…


  • Banneker-Douglass Museum donates 12 Murals to Organizations throughout Maryland!

    ANNAPOLIS, MD – “The Black Vote Mural Project”, BDM’s 2020 exhibition, explored the intersection of public art, Black voices, and civil rights with seventeen murals and an installation that transformed the interior galleries of the museum. Painted by regional artists, these murals interpreted the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)  Read the Rest…


  • MCAAC Announces $1 Million in African American Heritage Preservation Grants

    13 Organizations Receive Funding to Restore Cultural and Historical Sites (November 9, 2021) CROWNSVILLE, MD – The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) have awarded thirteen African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) grants totaling $1,000,000 to Maryland nonprofit groups for FY22. These grants offer assistance to  Read the Rest…


  • The 2021 Annual Symposium: The Spirit of the Black Family

    October 9-13 The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture celebrates resiliency and commitment through this annual symposium: The Spirit of the Black Family: Reclaim, Rejoice, Renew, Remember. This year’s symposium included in-person and virtual events and included the third installment of BDM’s signature Anti-Racism training with opening remarks from the Speaker of the Maryland House of  Read the Rest…


  • Racism II: The Big Unequitable Picture, Criminal Justice, and Education

      July 27, 2021 In our continuous efforts to dismantle oppressive systems and increase cultural competence, the BDM Anti-Racism Committee and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture present our second anti-racism training: The Big Unequitable Picture; Criminal Justice, and Education. Special thanks to the 2021 Anti-Racism Coalition for developing this dynamic anti-racism training.  Immediately following  Read the Rest…