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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

BALTIMORE, MD (February 28, 2017) – The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) are pleased to announce workshops regarding grants available through the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) for Fiscal Year 2018.  Several workshops are being offered across the state:

Anne Arundel County
Thursday, March 9, 11:30a – 1:30p
Galesville Community Center
916 West Benning Road
Galesville, MD 20765
Calvert County
Wednesday, March 29, 11:30a – 1:30p
Melvin’s Place (formerly known as Duke’s)
1155 Hallowing Point Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Baltimore City
Monday, March 20, 11:30a – 1:30p
Union Baptist Church
1219 Druid Hill Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
Dorchester County
Thursday, April 6, 11:30a – 1:30p
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center
4608 Golden Hill Road
Church Creek, MD 21622
Washington County
Wednesday, March 22, 11:30a – 1:30p
Robert W. Johnson Community Center
109 W. North Avenue
Hagerstown MD 21740
Prince George’s County
Tuesday, April 11, 11:30a – 1:30p
Oxon Hill Library
6200 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Workshop attendees should register online at MHT’s African American Heritage Preservation Program webpage.

The goal of the AAHPP is to identify and preserve buildings, communities and sites of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. This competitive program, offered once per year, is supported through an annual appropriation from the Maryland General Assembly, and is administered as a joint partnership of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and the Maryland Historical Trust. Grant awards range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions. Business entities and individuals may also apply for program grants when seeking funds for a preservation or development project that serves a high public purpose. Eligible projects include acquisition, construction, capital improvement, and certain predevelopment costs for African American heritage properties. In the six years since its inception, the AAHPP has awarded eighty-two grants totaling $6 million in funding to projects statewide.

Program guidelines and grant applications may be obtained from MHT’s website. Completed grant applications must be submitted online by 11:59 PM on July 15, 2017. For assistance in the development of project scope and purpose, contact Maya Davis, MCAAHC Interim Director, at (410) 216-6190 or maya.davis@maryland.gov. For assistance with capital project and technical preservation issues, contact Anne Raines, MHT Deputy Director, at (410) 697-9584 or anne.raines@maryland.gov.
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 about the significance and impact of the African American experience in Maryland.
The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is a state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland’s past. Through research, conservation and education, the Trust assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage. The Trust is a division of the Maryland Department of Planning and serves as Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966..

 

Commemorating The Life & Legacy of The Honorable Sen. Verda Freeman Welcome
Saturday, March 18, 2017  at 11:00 a.m.
Morgan State University
Earl S. Richardson Library
1700 East Coldspring Lane & Hillen Road
Baltimore, MD 21251

Morgan State University is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. One part of the sesquicentennial celebrations will be to honor the late Maryland Senator Verda Freeman Welcome in celebration of her 110th birthday during Women’s History Month.

Due to pending inclement weather on Saturday, March 18, 2017, the rededication of the Welcome Bridge will be moved to the second floor of the Earl S. Richardson Library.  The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture has partnered with Morgan State for this historic event.

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception will be held on third floor of the Earl S. Richardson Library for a time of reflections and unveiling the Documentary Story Quilt and Historical Exhibit.

There will be parking in the Student Center Parking Garage.  Questions? Email LeRonn Herbert at leronn.herbert@maryland.gov or call (410) 216-6180.

Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Meeting
Monday, April 3, 2017* (Queen Anne’s County)
410 Little Kidwell Avenue
Centreville, MD 21617

Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Meeting Monday, June 5, 2017* (Talbot County)
Chesapeake College
401 Rosemont Avenue
Wye Mills, MD 21679

Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Meeting
Monday, August 7, 2017* (Calvert County)
Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Road
Solomons Island, MD 20688

Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Meeting
Monday, October 2, 2017* (Baltimore City)
Reginald Lewis Museum
830 E Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Meeting
Monday, December 4, 2017* (Baltimore City)
Morgan State University
1700 East Coldspring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.