The Banneker-Douglass Museum preserves, documents, and exhibits the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in Maryland. It is named in recognition of two key African-American figures in Maryland history: Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806) and Frederick Douglass (1818-1895). Frederick Douglass was a significant leader in the Underground Railroad. He escaped from slavery and became a leading abolitionist and orator of his time. In addition to offering interpretive program information about Frederick Douglass, the Museum's permanent exhibit entitled "Deep Roots, Rising Waters: A History of African Americans in Maryland" includes special coverage of two other prominent Marylanders involved in the Underground Railroad: James W.C. Pennington and Harriet Tubman. The Museum is administered by the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. A major goal of both the Museum and the Commission is to encourage an understanding and appreciation of African-American history and culture through research, publications, programming, and public education for the benefit of Maryland students, the general public, and future generations. The Museum is Maryland's official repository of African-American material culture.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, 21401
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: (MCAAHC) MD Comm AA Hist/Cult
Location Type: Program
Freedom Seekers: Lear Green
UGRR Operatives: Benjamin Banneker,Frederick Douglass,Harriet Tubman,James W.C. Pennington