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Special Tour: African American Heritage Tour

From the Kunta-Kinte Alex Haley Memorial to the Thurgood Marshall Memorial, see Annapolis as a microcosm of Maryland African American heritage. Trace the rich history of African-Americans in Annapolis with a period dressed guide who will invite guests to explore an important facet of our history and culture. From The Capital Gazette's feature on the 2015 tour:

"Just a tenth of a mile apart, two Annapolis monuments mark milestones in Maryland's African-American history.

Down at City Dock, the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial is the only display in the nation to commemorate the name and entry point of an enslaved African arriving in the United States.

A few blocks away, the statue of a young Thurgood Marshall, a Baltimore native and the U.S. Supreme Court's first black justice, looks out over Lawyers Mall.

The monuments are reminders of deep injustice and the fight for equality. And the events they commemorate are separated by exactly two centuries, as Julie Brasch points out on the walking tour she gives every February during Black History Month."

Learn about these important monuments in historic Annapolis and follow the journey of enslaved and free blacks in one of our nation's Colonial towns. The tour recognizes the local contributions made by African Americans. For example, your guide will share the history of the famous houses in town owned by William Paca, James Brice and others and focus on the unnamed slaves who lived there and did work on the buildings. Stories will also be shared about the African-Americans who made a mark on those same buildings in later years. Paca's house, for example, later became Carvel Hall, a hotel where many of the state's delegates and senators stayed during the legislative session. Marcellus Hall, a black man, worked there as maitre d' and became the trusted adviser to many of those politicians.

The tour is presented in partnership with the Kunta-Kinte Alex Haley Foundation. Bundle up and join us for the tour on Saturday, February 18th. The tour will meet at the City Dock Information. Learn More.

Historian Annapolis took a preview tour with us! Read Ann Powell's detailed overview, "African American Heritage Tour Lends Perspective" at HistorianAnnapolis.com.

Our African American Heritage Tour is also available for private bookings by groups and for school field trips.


Photo by Webster Wright