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The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture is committed to discovering, documenting, preserving, collecting, and promoting Maryland’s African American heritage.

The Commission also provides technical assistance to institutions and groups with similar objectives.  Through the accomplishment of this mission, the MCAAHC seeks to educate Maryland citizens and visitors to our state about the significance of the African American experience in Maryland.

The primary objectives of the MCAAHC are to:

  • Cultivate, present, interpret and promote the history and culture of African Americans in the State of Maryland through museum collections, exhibitions, commemorations, educational programs, publications, research and public participation;
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for information and insights about African Americans in Maryland and the nation through collaboration with other public, educational, Corporate and Maryland based institutions on strategies for promoting African American history and culture;
  • Discover, preserve, collect and catalog African American historical materials and artifacts and establish, manage and coordinate museums and other appropriate facilities for the promotion of African American history and culture; and
  • Disseminate and integrate African American historical and cultural materials into the mainstream of Maryland life and education as a method of fostering constructive social change through better racial understanding

News & Announcements

Maryland’s Commission on African American History and Culture Announces Election of New Chair and Vice Chair

October 29, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture today announced the election of Mrs. Lyndra Marshall of Bowie and Professor Dale G. Green of Baltimore City, as its new chair and vice chair, respectively.

“It is important that the officers of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture are truly dedicated to sharing the significance of the African American experience in the progression of our state and this great nation,” said Dr. Joni Floyd, director of the Commission. “Chairwoman Marshall and Vice Chair Green have a long and impressive track record of doing just that. I am thrilled to welcome two such talented intellects to the helm of the Commission.”

Mrs. Marshall is an internationally renowned genealogist, author, teacher, lecturer, and a partner of African Ancestry, Inc., the pioneers in DNA Genetic Testing.  Professor Green is chair of the Historic Preservation Program and an assistant professor of architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University.

Marshall and Green both have served on the Commission for three years. They will each serve a one-year term presiding over the Commission. The 21-voting members of the Commission are appointed by the governor and embody Maryland’s diverse urban, suburban, and rural African American communities.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to have been elected chairwoman of the Commission, as we also celebrate the Commission’s 46th anniversary,” Marshall said. “I vow to continue this journey and educate all people of this rich history for the rest of my life. While the Commission has made great strides in fulfilling its mission, we still have much to accomplish.”

“Historic preservation and stewardship has been a calling since birth,” Professor Green said. “As a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, I have worked tirelessly to increase the public’s awareness of the architectural and cultural achievements by African Americans across the state. I am simply happy to answer the call.”

A photo of Marshall and Green can be seen here.



2015 Speakers Series 

Dr. Clara Small will discuss her books, Manumitted Slaves and Free Blacks from the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland Who Served in the Civil War and Compass Points.

NOVEMBER 19, 20155:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Annual Reports

These reports are reflective of the commitment and dedication the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture exhibits regularly throughout the State of Maryland.