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The history of Annapolis includes the key part African Americans played in its development. During the 19th Century, “they comprised one-third of the population in Annapolis” according to city records. Before the Civil War, Maryland had the greatest number of free African-Americans of any state.

Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Matthew Henson, Harriet Tubman, and Thurgood Marshall are some of the most important African American history figures from Maryland.

Every February, Americans celebrate Black History Month, and going on Watermark’s special African American Heritage Tour is the perfect way to find out more about this aspect of Annapolis history and Alex Haley and his novel Roots.

African American Heritage Tour

Partnering with the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Watermark’s award-winning tour is scheduled only for Saturday, February 16, 2019 during the Presidents’ Day Holiday weekend. The tour is also available as a group or private tour by appointment.

A Colonial-period costumed guide will accompany attendees on a walking tour that will explore the African American history and heritage of Annapolis. This tour, hosted by Watermark, will cover the lives of African Americans during the colonial and revolutionary era. The following summarizes the highlights.

Banneker-Douglass Museum – Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage. Tour members will have the chance to view its exhibits at their leisure.

Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial – Commemorates the arrival place of Alex Haley’s ancestor and central character in his 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.

Tour Details

Date & Time: Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Start Point: City Dock Information Booth, 1 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD

Admission: $20/Adults, $10/Children 3-11, Free 2 & Under

Phone Number: (410) 268-7601

Your Inn Near the Tour

The City Dock Information Booth at 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 room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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