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African American Heritage & History


African American Heritage Flyer

This virtual trail and its companion guide highlights publicly accessible historic sites that provide a tangible place to visit, explore, and contemplate important African American individuals, families, people, historic places, events, struggles, and accomplishments. It also included many privately-owned sites, and in far too many cases, sites physically lost to time. This interactive tour acknowledges and celebrates contributions by African-Americans over the County’s 370-year history; those who tilled the soil on farms that made Anne Arundel County prosper prior to Emancipation, those who harvested, processed and shipped the Bay’s seafood to feed an expanding Country, and those who physically built the grand colonial houses for wealthy landowners, many of whom were enslaved. We honor those families and individuals that came together in good times and bad, to start a church and a congregation, to found a school, to build a community, and to create a legacy.

Please note that many of the tour stops are privately owned and not accessible for visitation.

Thank you for respecting the privacy of these properties.

Sites open to the public are clearly marked.

A Guide to African American Heritage & Culture in the Four Rivers Heritage Area  

Learn more about African American history in Anne Arundel County  
This program has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Support has also been provided by Anne Arundel County, MD and its Office of Planning & Zoning.