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January 23, 2014

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Explore Local African American History with Annapolis Tours by Watermark®

An Official Part of the Maryland Emancipation Day Celebration

Annapolis, MD – Annapolis Tours by Watermark happily announces its first special event tour of 2014! Annapolis Tours’ African American Heritage Tour, a two-hour walking tour of Annapolis’ historic district is offered in honor of Black History Month and is an official event of the Maryland Emancipation Day celebration. The tour takes place on February 15th, 2014. Watermark is proud to offer this tour – available year-round to groups – to the general public during this special month. This year’s tour is also a part of the year-long celebration of the sesquicentennial – the 150th anniversary – of the Maryland constitution that put an end to slavery one year prior to complete national emancipation. Presented in partnership with the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, this engaging tour covers some of the most significant events in African-American history.

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. Debbie Gosselin, president of Watermark says, “We specialize in sharing the history of Annapolis and it’s important that we tell the stories of African American heritage in our area especially as we celebrate and recognize the sesquicentennial of Maryland’s Emancipation Day this year.” Twenty percent of all revenue from this tour goes to the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, as part of a partnership developed with Leonard Blackshear years ago. Watermark’s partnership with the Foundation was recognized by Four Rivers Heritage Area with the award for “Best New Heritage Initiative” when this tour was introduced in 2006.

The walking tour ends at the Banneker-Douglass Museum where guests are invited to visit at their leisure. The tour departs from the City Dock Information Booth at 1 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD at 1 p.m. on February 15th, 2014. Tickets are $16/Adults, $10/Children 3-11, Free 2 & Under. Advanced reservations are recommended for this special event. Reservations may be made online at Annapolis Tours’ African American Heritage Tour is available anytime as a private tour or for group bookings including for student field trips. For more information, please visit or call 410-268-7601 x100.

About Watermark: Watermark immerses people in the history, culture and fun of the Chesapeake area more completely than any other tour or charter company. Whether you want to learn or just enjoy, no one else offers so many ways to experience this special place, both by land and by water. Watermark® an Annapolis-based, locally owned and operated business, has been creating authentic experiences since 1972. Watermark sub-brands include Annapolis Tours® by Watermark®, offering the original Annapolis colonial tours; Cruises on the Bay™ by Watermark®, with the easiest way to have fun on the water; Yacht Charters on the Bay™ by Watermark®, and Wedding on the Bay™ by Watermark®, offer flawless events on pristine yachts; Destination Education™ by Watermark®, gives teachers the most engaging way to immerse their students in history. For a complete list of walking tours, sightseeing cruises, yacht charters and services offered by Watermark visit

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