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Banneker-Douglass Museum

Mt. Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church
Banneker-Douglass Museum, July 2009
Banneker-Douglass Museum
Location 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, Maryland

38°58′39″N 76°29′38″W / 38.97750°N 76.49389°W / 38.97750; -76.49389Coordinates: 38°58′39″N 76°29′38″W / 38.97750°N 76.49389°W / 38.97750; -76.49389

Built 1874
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Gothic
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP January 25, 1973

The Banneker-Douglass Museum, formerly known as Mt. Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church, is a historic church at Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. It was constructed in 1875 and remodeled in 1896. It is a 2 12-story, gable-front brick church executed in the Gothic Revival style. It served as the meeting hall for the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, originally formed in the 1790s, for nearly 100 years. It was leased to the Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture, becoming the state’s official museum for African-American history and culture. In 1984, a 2 12-story addition was added when the building opened as the Banneker-Douglass Museum.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1] Steven Newsome is the former director of the museum.[3]

Banneker-Douglass Museum

The Banneker-Douglass Museum is a museum dedicated to preserving Maryland's African American heritage. Located at 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, Maryland, the museum is housed in the old Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church. The museum is named for Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass.

The contributions of famous African American Maryland residents are highlighted, including Kunta Kinte, Benjamin Banneker, James Pennington, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Matthew Henson and Thurgood Marshall. Other exhibits include black life in Maryland, and African and African American art. Lectures, workshops, performances and educational programs are offered each year.

The facility serves as the state's official repository of African American material culture.[4] The museum also has a library and archives.


External links

  • Mount Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church, Anne Arundel County, including photo from 2000, at Maryland Historical Trust
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum website
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