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Learn About African American History at the Banneker-Douglass Museum

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Located on the grounds of the old Mont Moriah A.M.E. Church, the Banneker-Douglass Museum is Maryland’s official museum of African-American history and culture. Named after Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, the Banneker-Douglass Museum reveals the extent to which African-American history is American history, and vice-versa.

The permanent collection at the museum provides an in-depth examination of the history of African Americans in Maryland, including plenty of artifacts (such as tools, clothes, toys, and more), as well as artworks and photography created by African Americans. Temporary exhibits tend to focus on things like African American weddings, the development of lacrosse in the mid-Atlantic, and the importance of quilting among pre- and post-bellum African American communities.

Admission to the museum is free, with guided tours available for a small fee (though you need to give the museum two weeks’ notice for scheduling purposes if you want a guided tour). Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.