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The Maryland Pendulum

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture began publishing its newsletter, The Maryland Pendulum in the 1970s. The newsletter published information about the Banneker-Douglass Museum and highlighted key events across the state including Black History Month, festivals, and symposiums. In addition, the newsletter highlighted historical figures from Maryland and topics such as manumissions, historic churches, county highlights and more. The newsletter had a long run, but eventually went out of print. In fall of 2020 the MCAAHC PR Committee began publishing a digital version of the Maryland Pendulum. Please see our recent editions below.  

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Historic African American Cemeteries Report

African American cemeteries hold important stories, landscapes, artwork, and genealogical
clues, in addition to the remains of those who have gone before us. Unfortunately, cemeteries
and graveyards face many preservation challenges, including threats from development,
abandonment, vandalism, damage and decay, and inadequate legal protections. Historic African
American cemeteries are particularly at risk.

At the direction of the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland Commission on African
American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT, part of the
Maryland Department of Planning) have completed a study documenting the needs of
historic African American cemeteries.

Read more on the Historic African American Cemeteries Report page.