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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

African-American Heritage Preservation Program Grant Workshops 

Grant program funds African American historic and cultural capital projects

CROWNSVILLE, MD-The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and the Maryland Historical Trust are pleased to announce workshops regarding grants available through the African American Heritage Preservation Program for fiscal year 2017.

 

Those interested in attending these workshops should pre-register at the Trust’s webpage: mht.maryland.gov/grants africanamerican.shtml.

The goal of the Program 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 appropiation from the Maryland General Assembly and is administered as a joint partnership of the Commission and the 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 five years since the inception, the Program has awarded seventy grants totaling $5 million in funding to projects statewide.

Program guidelines and grant applications may be obtained from the Trust’s website:  mhtmaryland.gov/grantsshtml.  Completed grant applications must be submitted online by July 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.  For assistance in the development of project scope and purpose, contact Dr. Joni Floyd, Director of the Commission: (410) 216-6190 or joni.floyd@maryland.gov.  For assistance with capital project and technical preservation issues, contact Anne Raines, Maryland Historical Trust Capital Grants and Loans Administrator: at (410) 514-7634 or anne.raines@maryland.gov.

The mission of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture is to interpret, document, preserve and promote Maryland’s African American heritage; to provide technical assistance to institutions and groups with similar objectives; and to educate Maryland’s citizens and visitors about the significance of the African American experience in Maryland and the nation.  The commission is housed within the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

The Maryland Historical Trust, an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning was formed in 1961 to assist the people of Maryland in identifying, studying, evaluating, preserving, protecting and interpreting the state’s significant prehistoric and historic districts, sites, structures, cultural landscapes, heritage areas,  cultural objects and artifacts, as well as less tangible human and community traditions.  Through research, conservation and education, the Trust assists the people of Maryland in understanding  their historical and cultural heritage.

The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives coordinates community and volunteer activities statewide and advises the Governor on policies to enhance and improve community programs and engagement.  The Maryland Commission on African American History & Culture is housed within and staffed by the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives-Lyndra (née Pratt) Marshall  is Chair of the Commission.

 

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.