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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]

Mt. Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church
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Banneker-Douglass Museum, July 2009
Banneker-Douglass Museum is located in Maryland
Banneker-Douglass Museum
Banneker-Douglass Museum is located in the United States
Banneker-Douglass Museum
Location84 Franklin St., Annapolis, Maryland
Coordinates38°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
Architectural styleGothic
NRHP reference #73000891 [1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 25, 1973

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is within the boundaries of the Colonial Annapolis Historic District.[1][3] Steven Newsome is the former director of the museum.[4]

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.[5] The museum also has a library and archives.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ Russell Wright and Phoebe Jacobsen (October 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Mt. Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
  3. ^ "Colonial Annapolis Historic District". Maryland's National Register Properties. Maryland Historical Trust. Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  4. ^ Trescott, Jacqueline (1990-12-21). "Director for Anacostia Museum; Smithsonian Names Steven Newsome". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2013-05-18. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
  5. ^ "Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture". Annapolis, MD: Banneker-Douglass Museum. 1995–2010. Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-04.

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