Annapolis’ rich history features African Americans prominently. According to the city’s records for the 19th Century, “they comprised one-third of the population in Annapolis. Prior to the Civil War, Maryland had more free African-American citizens than any other state. In Annapolis, about 400 of the city’s 4000 inhabitants were free blacks and, of those, forty owned real property.”
Important African American figures from the history of Maryland include Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Benjamin Banneker, Matthew Henson, and Thurgood Marshall. Every February, the United States celebrates Black History Month, and taking Watermark’s special Annapolis African American Heritage Tour is a wonderful way to get closer to novelist Alex Haley and his Roots.
Annapolis African American Heritage Tour
A partner of the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Watermark’s award-winning tour is scheduled only for Saturday, February 18, 2017 during the Presidents’ Day Holiday weekend. However, it is also available as a private or group tour by appointment.
A Colonial-period dressed guide will take attendees on a walking tour exploring Annapolis’ African American history and heritage. Watermark’s tour will illustrate how African Americans lived in one of America’s most important cities. Below are the tour’s highlights.
Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial – Commemorates the arrival place of Alex Haley’s ancestor and main character in Haley’s novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family.
Thurgood Marshall Memorial – Honors our first African American Supreme Court justice. This memorial is located by the former court of appeals, where Marshall enjoyed the first major victory of his life long struggle for equality under the law for all Americans.
Banneker-Douglass Museum – Watermark’s tour will conclude here, Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage. Attendees will have the chance to view its exhibits at their leisure.
Date & Time: Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Presidents’ Day is on Monday, February 20th, a national holiday)
Starting Point: City Dock Information Booth, 1 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD
Admission: $18/Adults, $10/Children 3-11, Free 2 & Under
Reservations: African American Heritage Tour
Private and Group Tours: Available by appointment. Call 410-268-7601.
A B&B Near Tour Starting Point
The City Dock Information Booth on 1 Dock Street is less than half a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.