Sarah Vaughn speaking over WANN Circa 1956-58,

Maryland State Archives: Thomas R. Baden, Jr. Collection

Civil Rights Guide for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County


a quote from Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall


60th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act


2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a historic law making discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin illegal. In light of this significant milestone, Governor Wes Moore of Maryland declared 2024 as Maryland's Year of Civil Rights. To honor this occasion, the state has planned various events, exhibits, and commemorations throughout the year.

The state of Maryland has an impressive roster of Civil Rights pioneers, and Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are no different. To honor the people who have stood steadfast in the struggle for change, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County has compiled a list of 60 Civil Rights sites for the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. #60Years60Sites


an African American man stands in front of a building with a mural behind him.
The Old Fourth Ward Mural at Stanton Community Center
Artists: Cynvia, Arthur Rankin, and Diane Monday

Spotlight on Civil Rights


Anne Arundel County has a complex Civil Rights history. From segregated communities, schools, and venues throughout the County to the landmark case of Murray v. Pearson, argued by then-lawyer Thurgood Marshall, which challenged segregation in education and set a precedent for future Civil Rights cases in the state, the area has seen many achievements and setbacks in the movement. During Maryland's Year of Civil Rights, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County aims to provide a historical journey that showcases the region's Civil Rights history.


MLK Foot Soldiers memorial in Annapolis, MD.
Martin Luther King Foot Soldiers Memorial


Civil Rights Guide for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County


Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County spearheaded a multicultural advisory committee of local historians, artists, writers, and business & community leaders to gather a comprehensive list of the County's Civil Rights sites for the guide. Through this dedicated process, we have created a 24-page, full-color printed publication including maps, historical information, photographs about the Civil Rights movement, and inspirational stories of resilience and resistance for visitors to explore.


View The Guide

This guide is based on the research and oral histories included in the online story maps "Explore the Civil Rights Era in Anne Arundel County, MD" and "African American Heritage & Culture in the Four Rivers Heritage Area," funded in part by the National Park Service and Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grants and a project of the Anne Arundel County Cultural Resources Section, Office of Planning and Zoning. Reproduction or re-use of the images without permission is strictly prohibited. 
The project has been financed in part with State funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. (C) 2024 Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Inc. All rights reserved, printed in the U.S.A. 
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A suite at the Graduate Hotel in Annapolis.

Plan your Civil Rights Journey; the Graduate Hotel now sits on the site of the old city bus terminal, where in 1960, African Americans were denied service to the bus terminal restaurant. After two days of picketing, the restaurant changed its policy. 

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Plan Your Civil Rights Journey

Continue the Journey - Black History 365


Black History 365 is a collection of stories, art, and events that highlight the history, heritage, and contributions of Black Marylanders and the history of the people of the African Diaspora in Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. Here, their culture and excellence are celebrated year-round through a collaborative initiative across county and statewide organizations spearheaded by the Banneker-Douglass Museum.

The Banneker-Douglass Museum is the state's official museum of African American history and heritage. Named for Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, it features a wide range of rotating and permanent exhibitions. When planning your itinerary, be sure to visit their latest exhibit, REVISIT/REIMAGINE: The Civil Rights Era in Maryland and Parallels of Today.

Delve deeper into the area's history by exploring the Underground Railroad, learning about Maryland's Civil Rights pioneers, or experiencing the Annapolis Juneteenth Parade & Festival or the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival. There is so much to celebrate during Maryland's Year of Civil Rights, and we invite you to begin your journey in the heart of the Chesapeake, here in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.