As you continue your exploration of our beautiful city on the bay, the path may lead you to the doorstep of the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Once an important church in the African American community of Annapolis, now it’s an important testament to the history of the struggles and successes of the same community, offering exhibits and artifacts that tell their stories. Named for the first African American man of math and science, Benjamin Banneker, and the first social crusader, Frederick Douglass, known throughout the nation, this 19th century structure is a well-known and well-loved building that has seen more than its share of good times, bad times, and tragic times while still remaining a symbol of strength and love.
Banneker-Douglass Museum – Located at 84 Franklin Street
Offering exhibits that teach us to remember the past and ones that remind us that the battles aren’t over, the Banneker-Douglass Museum features free admission—although no one would turn down a donation—and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM until 4 PM (Closed on all major holidays). Designed to be self-guided, they do offer guided tours for a small fee of $5 per person. The artifacts inside tell stories of darker days, but this museum is definitely not all doom and gloom as it celebrates the culture of the African American community and offers a variety of classes and panel discussions for educational and entertainment purposes. Featuring classes called “Using Art As Activism” and sponsoring a youth conference in the summer that explores the history of African American voting, its mission to “document, interpret, and promote African American history and culture” is well served in every way.
As you explore the former church, the pictures on the walls tells the stories of the struggles our community faced. Also offering art created by former slaves and the opportunity to create your own art in much the same way, the hands-on exhibits are often the star of the show. Learn more about Banneker and Douglass, about Harriet Tubman who was once a Maryland slave, and follow the civil rights movement from its genesis through today; each step through history will bring guests a clearer understanding of our history and the advances we have made making this one of the top things to do in Annapolis.
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