Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Bates: The Center of Community Life
1931 - 1966
This site was the first freestanding secondary school for all African American children in Anne Arundel County. Citizens groups, including the Stanton Parent-Teachers Association, led the charge for its construction. Bates opened its doors on January 1, 1933, consisting of seven classrooms and a multipurpose gymnasium. Enrollment increased rapidly and additions made in the 1940's and 50's more than tripled the school's size. Its last segregated class graduated on June 8, 1966.
With teachers and staff dedicated to excellence, eager young minds distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, and the vocational arts.
Bates became the cultural center for all African Americans in the County. Here residents could attend social, theatrical, and sporting events — even night school.
Next to the abolition of slavery itself, education has been the primary route to liberation for African Americans. While the doctrine of segregation threatened this goal, many communities of color countered this challenge with a spirit of self-reliance.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. A significant historical date for this entry is January 1, 1933.
Location. 38° 58.506′ N, 76° 30.681′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Smithville Street, 0.1 miles east of South Villa Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 Smithville St, 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. Wiley H. Bates: The Man (here, next to this marker); Wiley H. Bates (here, next to this marker); Wiley H. Bates: His Educational Legacy (a few steps from this marker); Original Bates Flagpole (a few steps from this marker); Bates: The Community Commitment (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to the Wiley H. Bates Memorial Courtyard (a few steps from this marker); Weeping Cherry Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); John Snowden Memorial (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.