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.

Events:

Frederick Douglass Community Day 
Sunday, July 1, 11:00 am – 5:00 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.

Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival
September 29, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Susan Campbell Park - Dock St, Annapolis
Admission: Free (Donations are greatly appreciated)
Enjoy the rich heritage of Kunta Kinte whose story from the Gambia to Annapolis and for generations on down was told in the book Roots: Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley.  A family-friendly cultural festival celebrating the history and Heritage of people of African American, African, and Caribbean descent. This is the 29th year of this celebration that includes a full day of live music, dance, ethnic foods and wares for sale. You can discover a full list of events and activities HERE.