02 May 2012


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05 December 2011

The Sylvia Gaither Garrison Library Celebrates It's Fourth Anniversary

Prior to the holiday season, the chairman of the Maryland Commision on African American History and Culture, Ted Mack, along with Commisioner Dr. Clara Small, Dr. Joni Jones, executive director of the Maryand Commission on African American History and Culture and director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum, Alma Cropper, president of the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Betty M. Coleman, president of Friends of the Banneker-Douglass Museum, Dwyane Lee and Linda Simms, board members of the Banneker-Douglass Museum Foundation, the family of Sylvia Gaither Garrison, and many others gathered together at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Sylvia Gaither Garrison Library.

C. R. Gibbs, the keynote speaker, captivated the audience, as he shared the many dramatic stories of bravery by both Caucasions and African Americans that occured during the antebellum period in Maryland. One story in particular stood out: William Chaplin, a Caucasion abolitionist, hid two enslaved men: Garland White and Allen, whose last name is unknown, in his carriage and was taking them to freedom when six armed men stopped the carriage by putting a fence rail between the spokes of the wheel. Then, they shot into the carriage, but one of the enslaved men fired back. The joy of freedom, unfortunately, was denied both men on that day. Determined to be free, Garland White escaped from slavery and became a chaplain in the 28th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops. It was stories like this and others that made Gibbs' lecture compelling.

As Gibbs came to te conclusion of his lecture, the audience didn't want it to end. In fact, they felt the topic was so satisfying tht they posed several though provoking questions to the historian, after the hour long lecture concluded.

Pictured from left to right: Alma Cropper, C.R. Gibbs & Lynn Waller

29 November 2011

Winter Programs

Hi everyone

Just wanted you to take note of the new programs listed in the right hand column. More programs to be added later this week.

Come out and join us!

15 November 2011

Sylvia Gaither Garrison Library's Fourth Anniversary Celebration

Runners: Maryland Fugitives from Slavery: A Lecture by C.R. Gibbs

Saturday, November 19, 2011
Location: Bates Legacy Center, 1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Free, Open to the public
Registration encouraged
To register, call 410.216.6181 or email
BDMPrograms@goci.state.md.us by November 16th

Join the Banneker-Douglass Museum in celebrating the 4th anniversary of the Sylvia Gaither Garrison Library. Historian and author C.R. Gibbs will discuss historic figures, such as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and their escape from slavery.

This program is sponsored by the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center.

21 October 2011

Banneker-Douglass Museum, Maryland State Archives, and Historic Annapolis Present

Flee! Stories of Flight from Maryland in Black and White
Exhibition Opening and Talk by Dr. Ira Berlin

Tuesday, 1 November 2011
5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD, 21401

Commemorate the 148th anniversary of the end of slavery in Maryland at the opening of themuseum’s latest exhibition. Designed by the Archives’ Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, this traveling exhibition highlights rare historical documents that give testament to the daily operation of slavery in our state Join us for a living history performance from Historic Annapolis’ highly acclaimed Project Runaway followed by nationally renowned historian and author, Dr. Ira Berlin, as he shares some of his views on the Underground Railroad and slavery in Maryland.

For more information or to register for this program, please contact the Banneker-Douglass Museum at 410.216.6181 or email BDMPrograms@goci.state.md.us.

Teachers who pre-register for this program will receive a complimentary document pack.

21 September 2011


My office ceiling has been really loud today. Working in the old part of the museum (former Mount Moriah building), sounds seem to carry really well whenever anyone is in the sanctuary. This can be helpful at times such as when large groups come in the building without scheduling in advance. It can also be distracting such as when my tour groups are in the sanctuary making a lot of noise while working on projects. Fortunately I am not in my office during that noise, but my co-workers probably don't revel in the sounds of tour groups coming through their ceilings.

Today the noise isn't due to groups in the building, but rather the installation of the museum's newest exhibition, Selections from In Each Other's Shoes. This exhibition, which opens on Sunday, October 1, 2011, features several artworks by Baltimore artist Loring Cornish. He creates artwork from found objects, turning them into mosaics. The mosaics in the exhibit at the museum all center on the African American and Jewish history and culture and the ways they intersect with special focus on the Civil Rights Movement and the Holocaust.

The artworks arrived at the museum on Monday and are being installed on the first floor of the sanctuary all this week. Installation of these works is no easy task as they are quite large with many components and small pieces for the art handlers to accommodate. The exhibit pieces are actually so large they take up the entire main floor of the former sanctuary. As a result we will be hosting many upcoming programs in sites other than the Banneker-Douglass Museum.

Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming programs and their locations. Here are a few installation shots to give you an idea of what is coming in. Please be sure to join us for the opening reception of Selections from In Each Other's Shoes on October 2, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. at the museum.

07 September 2011

BDM Returns to Regular Hours

The BDM is now open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am - 4pm.  Come visit us!

26 August 2011

BDM Closed

Hi everyone!

With Hurricane Irene's pending visit to Maryland, the Banneker-Douglass Museum will be closed on Saturday, 27 August 2011. If you are in the area please take the necessary precautions and stay safe.

For updated safety information and the latest on the State of Maryland's Hurricane Irene preparations, please visit the following websites:

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

MEMA Hurricane Irene State of Emergency page

19 August 2011


Summer is drawing to a close and with it another tourist season ends. As a tourist destination, one would think that the museum would be heading into "slow time," but in fact we are ramping up for the busier time of our year. We have new exhibitions coming in which means installation plans to work out and execute, new programming calendars to plan, school programs and tours to design, research to conduct, publicity to do, etc. Like I said, very busy.

As Tabitha wrote in the previous posting, we are preparing for the arrival of Loring Cornish's In Each Other's Shoes. This exhibit has the staff very excited. For my part, I am working up a series of program offerings for the next eight months that I think is really interesting. The new calendar will have a variety of programs including concerts, performances, family days, artmaking opportunities, and a few other intriguing offerings. We will be releasing the calendar soon, so please make sure to check back on the blog.

For right now, please mark your calendars for Sunday, October 2, 2011 and plan to attend the opening reception for In Each Other's Shoes. More details to come in the next few weeks! Have a great rest of the summer!

10 August 2011

Loring Cornish at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

The Banneker-Douglass Museum would like to recognize the Jewish Museum of Maryland and their current exhibit Loring Cornish: In Each Other's Shoes. Mr. Cornish, known for his row-houses turned art in Baltimore, focused his exhibit on "acknowledging the shared Jewish and African-American heritage of the Lloyd Street heritage."

Mr. Cornish's previous exhibition focused on Civil Rights in the African American community, and was shown at Morgan State University. His perspective changed after meeting with a local Jewish couple: “Everything changed. I realized I could not use my art to talk about the struggles of only one community,” Cornish said. “I was struck by the connections between the struggles of Jews and Blacks.” Mr. Cornish took the mosaics from the Civil Rights exhibition and used the opposite side to create related pieces with Jewish themes.

To read more about this exhibition, please see the Jewish Museum of Maryland's website or plan a visit. The exhibition will be at the Jewish Museum until September 15, 2011, after which BDM looks to exhibit a sampling of the pieces in our galleries. Keep posted for updates!


Pictured above:
Formation of the Star ©2009 Loring Cornish.

03 August 2011

Turner Station Heritage & Praise Celebration Honoring Henrietta Lacks

Date: Saturday, August 6, 2011
Time: Noon-5pm
Location: Baltimore’s Historic Turner Station
Admission: Free
Parking: Free, On-Street
For More Information: Contact Ms. Courtney Speed, Program Organizer, 410-340-4888

Part I: Program
Union Baptist Church
105 Main St
Dundalk, MD 21222 [Turner Station]
(410) 282-7944

27 July 2011

Meet Ja-Zette Marshburn


My name is Ja-Zette Marshburn, and I am very excited to be working as the Walter Hill Fellow in Archives at the Banneker-Douglass Museum in conjunction with the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. I am a lifelong Marylander, hailing from the historic Prince George's County. Recently, I transplanted to Montgomery County-- another area known for its historic political and military connections. Currently, I am pursuing my Master's in Archival Science and Information Management at the University of Maryland College Park. I am entering my second year of study.

I have had lifelong love of history coupled with the serendipitous training in the archival profession since I was a young child. I can remember perusing my grandmother collection of Ebony and Jet magazines that went back to the 1940s and being so enamored by them; I took great care to read and preserve them. It was also during this time that my love and zest for history began particularly with a deep interest in African American history and culture. I was an accomplished student and was awarded several scholarships finally bringing me to pursue my collegiate studies at the renowned Hampton University, a historically black university located in Hampton, Virginia. Unfortunately, after a number of misfortunes, I could not finish my studies at Hampton, but with tragedy comes triumph. I graduated with honors from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) with a major in History with an emphasis on African American studies.

Once I completed my undergraduate studies, I knew I wanted to continue my education at UMUC's sister school, University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) because of its affiliation with world-renowned information institutions, most specifically the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and its connection to Dr. Walter Hill.

Dr. Walter Hill was an author, teacher and historical consultant but most specifically, he was a senior archivist and African American subject area specialist at NARA. He was also a former member of the MCAAHC and I am invested in being able to continue Dr. Hill's and the MCHAAC vision to illuminate the African American experience in Maryland with the use of archival records. I am honored and excited to be working here in a fellowship with named after one of my heroes in the archival profession. I am delighted to be working with the staff at the Banneker-Douglass Museum in a pursuit to process the archival records of the MCAAHC with a goal to elucidate individuals on the commission's history and purpose that will educate and enlighten generations to come.

09 July 2011

An Evening with

Jason Luckett

Saturday, July 23, 2011, 7-9pm

Banneker-Douglass Museum

84 Franklin Street

Annapolis, MD, 21401

Come experience the smooth sounds of alternative rock guitarist Jason Luckett


$15 in advance

$20 at the door

To purchase or reserve tickets contact:

J. Michael Powell





• This event is suitable for ages sixteen and above.

30 June 2011

Introducing Steve Carioti

I am a native of Prince George's County, Maryland, where I curently reside with my fiance Bobi Sofou and her daughter Anna. I am the third child of five boys. My parents also reside in Prince George's County.

I am a full time student at Prince George's Community College (PGCC) in Largo, Maryland. I plan to complete my studies at PGCC in the spring of 2012 at which point I will recieve my Associate's degree in General Studies. Upon completetion, I plan to transfer to Bowie State University, where I will pursue a Bachelor's degree in history.

I've lived in Maryland for most of my life, except for a seven year period where I lived in Los Angeles, California. I worked as a production and writer's assistant at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California on such shows as "Hanging with Mr. Cooper," "The West Wing," "ER," and several other productions.

I love playing most sports; however, hockey is my favorite. I also enjoy reading historically significant books that typically center around the American Revolutionary period.

I recently started a stamp collection and vintage toy car collection. I enjoy visiting museums in my spare time. The National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. is my favorite museum to visit.

My longtime goals are to secure a position working in the field of history and to further my education, once I've completed my studies at Bowie State University.

Pictured: Steve Carioti