Celebrate the life and times of the first African American to gain international prominence as a social crusader during the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration throughout the State of Maryland in 2018. The City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is a must stop on your travels featuring The Banneker-Douglass Museum, the State’s official museum of African American heritage, along with a host of events throughout the year. Discover your moment from the list below.


African American Experience in Annapolis Tour
Every Sunday through December 30, 1:30 p.m. BOOK HERE
Tours depart from 26 West Street – Annapolis Visitors Center
Admission: Adults, $17; students ages 10-17, $12; ages 9 and under, free 
Colonial Tours of Annapolis is offering an “African American Experience in Annapolis” walking every Sunday through December. Discover what life was like for all classes of African Americans in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and Maryland from the colony’s founding in 1632 until the present day. LEARN MORE

Bent But Not Broken
February 13th - May 19, Tues –Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
Maryland artist Ulysses Marshall captures Frederick Douglass’ spirit through his highly expressive mixed media compositions. LEARN MORE.

Lead On, Harriet! 
Friday-Saturday, March 9-10, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Chesapeake Children’s Museum
Learn about the Underground Railroad and meet the famous conductor from Maryland’s eastern shore, Harriet Tubman. LEARN MORE.

SHERO Film Series 
Saturday, March 10
Banneker-Douglass Museum
Inspired by Frederick Doulgass’ support in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, the Banneker-Douglass Museum and Filmsters presents two series of films and a panel discussion. LEARN MORE.

11th Annual Maryland Day 2018 
Friday-Sunday, April 6-8, Historic Sites throughout the Four Rivers Heritage Area of Annapolis
London Town and South County
Celebrate Maryland's Birthday at cultural, heritage and environmental during this annual 3 day event. LEARN MORE.

Tears of the Soul 
Saturday, April 28, 2:00 PM Info & Tickets HERE – 7:00 PM Info & Tickets HERE
Sunday, April 29, 4:00 PM Info & Tickets HERE
Chesapeake Arts Center
Original stage play about a family living in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968 during very turbulent times. They were impacted by the Sanitation Workers strike, the Vietnam War and the assassination of MLK.

The Politics of Activism 
Thursday, May 3, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
Inspired by the relationship between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, this discussion explores historic and contemporary roles between activism and politics. LEARN MORE.

From a Haunted Plate: Becoming an 18th and 19th Century Black Chef
Monday, May 14, 6:30 PM
William Paca House and Garden
Throughout Frederick Douglass’ memoir, he vividly details the interactions that the enslaved had with food and cooking. Discover the techniques, cultural transformations, and flavor principles unique to this blend of Western cuisine by early African American chefs. LEARN MORE.

Frederick Douglass Community Day 
Sunday, July 1, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
This fun summer event features performances, a Frederick Douglass re-enactment, family fun, food and beverage, guided tours of our exhibitions and more. LEARN MORE.

Fourth of July Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony 
Wednesday, July 4, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
The day’s festivities celebrate include William Paca’s signing of the Declaration of Independence, a inspirational Naturalization Ceremony and a stirring recital of Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” speech. LEARN MORE.

African American Heritage Tour 
Saturdays, July 7, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tours depart from Information Kiosk at City Dock, Annapolis
Explore the history and culture of African-Americans with Annapolis Tours. Book your tour HERE.

Gospel Brunch
Saturday, July 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
What better way, then, to celebrate the life of Frederick Douglass than with gorgeous gospel music from the Extensions of Faith Choir, accompanied by a delicious brunch? Join Historic Annapolis for a wonderful morning celebration. LEARN MORE.

African American Heritage Tour
Saturdays, August 4, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tours depart from Information Kiosk at City Dock, Annapolis
Explore the history and culture of African-Americans with Annapolis Tours. Book your tour HERE.

29th Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival 
Saturday, September 29, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm,
Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis
Enjoy the rich heritage of Kunta Kinte whose story was told in the book Roots: Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley.  LEARN MORE.