Celebrate the life and times of the first African American to gain international prominence as a social crusader during the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration throughout the State of Maryland in 2018. The City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is a must stop on your travels featuring The Banneker-Douglass Museum, the State’s official museum of African American heritage, along with a host of events throughout the year. Discover your moment from the list below.

Events:

Frederick Douglass Community Day 
Sunday, July 1, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
This fun summer event features performances, a Frederick Douglass re-enactment, family fun, food and beverage, guided tours of our exhibitions and more. LEARN MORE.

Fourth of July Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony 
Wednesday, July 4, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
The day’s festivities celebrate include William Paca’s signing of the Declaration of Independence, a inspirational Naturalization Ceremony and a stirring recital of Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” speech. LEARN MORE.

African American Heritage Tour 
Saturdays, July 7, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tours depart from Information Kiosk at City Dock, Annapolis
Explore the history and culture of African-Americans with Annapolis Tours. Book your tour HERE.

The Douglass Reading Room Opening Reception 
Saturday, June 9, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
Banneker-Douglass Museum
In celebration of the “Year of Frederick Douglass,” The Douglass Reading Room, features books written by and about Frederick Douglass and other influential African American authors. LEARN MORE.

Gospel Brunch
Saturday, July 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
What better way, then, to celebrate the life of Frederick Douglass than with gorgeous gospel music from the Extensions of Faith Choir, accompanied by a delicious brunch? Join Historic Annapolis for a wonderful morning celebration. LEARN MORE.

Frederick Douglass Youth Conference 
Friday, July 27th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
In commemoration of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, BDM , in partnership with RETAP Baltimore, present the Frederick Douglass Youth Conference. LEARN MORE.

African American Heritage Tour
Saturdays, August 4, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tours depart from Information Kiosk at City Dock, Annapolis
Explore the history and culture of African-Americans with Annapolis Tours. Book your tour HERE.

Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival
September 29, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Susan Campbell Park - Dock St, Annapolis
Admission: Free (Donations are greatly appreciated)
Enjoy the rich heritage of Kunta Kinte whose story from the Gambia to Annapolis and for generations on down was told in the book Roots: Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley.  A family-friendly cultural festival celebrating the history and Heritage of people of African American, African, and Caribbean descent. This is the 29th year of this celebration that includes a full day of live music, dance, ethnic foods and wares for sale. You can discover a full list of events and activities HERE.