Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis

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The Banneker-Douglass Museum, formerly known as Mt. Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church, is a historic church at Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. It was constructed in 1875 and remodeled in 1896. It is a ​2 1⁄2-story, gable-front brick church executed in the Gothic Revival style. It served as the meeting hall for the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, originally formed in the 1790s, for nearly 100 years. It was leased to the Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture, becoming the state's official museum for African-American history and culture. In 1984, a ​2 1⁄2-story addition was added when the building opened as the Banneker-Douglass Museum.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is within the boundaries of the Colonial Annapolis Historic District. Steven Newsome is the former director of the museum.
The Banneker-Douglass Museum is a museum dedicated to preserving Maryland's African American heritage. Located at 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, Maryland, the museum is housed in the old Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church. The museum is named for Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass.

The contributions of famous African American Maryland residents are highlighted, including Kunta Kinte, Benjamin Banneker, James Pennington, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Matthew Henson and Thurgood Marshall. Other exhibits include black life in Maryland, and African and African American art. Lectures, workshops, performances and educational programs are offered each year.

The facility serves as the state's official repository of African American material culture. The museum also has a library and archives.
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  • This truly a hidden gem. The museum is small but educational. Our host was extremely knowledgeable about Banneker and Douglas. As we walked through the museum you could visualize things from that.....  more »
  • The staff was immediately welcoming to my three kids and me. They commenced with giving us a brief history lesson about the bldg. and some of its unique past, little-known details. The upstairs is....  more »
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  • I love history museums. The staff was so Good! It was empty so we basically got a private tour. He point out stuff that we would of overlooked. My Granson how a lot of questions and they were all answered. Had little activities to do also. We learned a lot and had a Great time being there.
  • I learned so much! I also really liked the chill vibe of the place. There was a coffee lounge dedicated to a badass state senator and a lots of spots to sit down and read a provided book. We loved our visit!

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