Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Community Legacy
The Banneker-Douglass Museum
As the official museum of African-American history and culture for the State of Maryland, the Banneker-Douglass Museum is dedicated to discovering documenting, preserving and promoting African-American heritage for all Maryland citizens and visitors.
A community-led effort saved the former Mt. Moriah AME church building, slated for demolition, and transformed it into a museum, dedicated on February 24, 1984. In light of this grassroots legacy, the Banneker-Douglass Museum focuses on a community-based approach to building collections and exhibitions and to providing tours, public programs, and other services.
The museum is named for Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806) and Frederick Douglass (1816-1895). Banneker was an early African-American pioneer of science and mathematics. Douglass was the first African American to gain international prominence as a champion for the anti-slavery movement and the woman's suffrage campaign. Douglass's summer home, now the Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center, is located in nearby Highland Beach.
Admission to the museum is free!
Please call to verify hours at 410.216.6180
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Education • Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 24, 1984.
Location. 38° 58.725′ N, 76° 29.618′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on West Street (Maryland Route 450) west of Church Circle, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8 West Street, Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lot 70 Is Historically Significant (within shouting distance of this marker); The City Spared (within shouting distance of this marker); Congress Was Here (within shouting distance of this marker); The Claude House (within shouting distance of this marker); Reynold's Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Southgate Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marion Warren's six photographs capture this historic Annapolis neighborhood in a sleepier timeThe Maryland Inn (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
Also see . . . Banneker Douglass Museum, Maryland.gov. (Submitted on September 22, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 2, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3. submitted on September 22, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.