05 December 2011
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
15 November 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Location: Bates Legacy Center, 1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Free, Open to the public
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
5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Teachers who pre-register for this program will receive a complimentary document pack.
21 September 2011
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
26 August 2011
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
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
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!
Formation of the Star ©2009 Loring Cornish.
03 August 2011
Location: Baltimore’s Historic Turner Station
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]
27 July 2011
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
Saturday, July 23, 2011, 7-9pm
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
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.
29 June 2011
07 June 2011
Students spent the semester interviewing family members who attended the beaches as well as community members who worked and attended the beaches. Through their interviews they uncovered stories about sneaking into the beaches, varying disciplinary measures taken by security staff to maintain the peace, the many celebrities and performers coming to the beaches, and the lasting impact these landmarks had on the lives of people in Anne Arundel County and beyond.
The exhibition opened last Tuesday to a crowd of nearly 75 people. The students shared their research as well as took questions from the audience on the beaches. During the presentation, the students shared their reflections on the semester as well as their heightened pride in their community and its history.
12 May 2011
On April 13, Ms. Donna Schmitz, art teacher of Lothian Elementary School, presented us with the school’s mural of President Barack Obama, an adaptation of the now-famous “Hope” campaign poster designed by street-artist and political activist Shepard Fairey during the 2008 presidential campaign. The mural, designed to serve as a reminder of the positive spirit of that historic campaign and created to honor President Obama’s Inauguration in January of 2009, was a collaboration between students and faculty in which each and every member of the Lothian Elementary community participated. The mural itself was painted in sections by different students, and the “frame” that surrounds the mural is a collage that highlights and celebrates American diversity. The border contains the signature of each participant. The sides of the mural features postcards created by older students, which focus on the importance of core values that all Americans, regardless of political affiliation, hold dear: love, freedom, and the importance of education for our collective future.
10 May 2011
In conjunction with the Maryland State Archives, BDM is exhibiting A Charge towards Freedom: Resistance to Slavery in Maryland. This exhibition will highlight events in Maryland surrounding the resistance and call for the end of slavery.
19 April 2011
06 April 2011
Tabitha Pryor has been brought on as the new Curator of Collections here at the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Originally from Hagerstown, a small town in Western Maryland, Tabitha received her B.A. from Bridgewater College in Virginia. She obtained her Master’s degree in History at The University of Delaware as well as a certificate in Museum Studies. Before coming to the museum, she worked at The Rural Heritage Museum in Boonsboro, MD, cataloging the personal and professional collection of Dr. Peter Fahrney. Tabitha has also done work at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, and The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.
Her primary responsibility at the Banneker-Douglass will be caring for the museum’s extensive collection of artifacts which provide an invaluable window into four centuries of African American life in Maryland. Tabitha also has the essential task of ensuring that these important objects are being properly preserved, catalogued, and displayed so that future generations of historians and citizens will be able to examine them for evidence about our shared past. She will be looking for more ways to incorporate the museum’s collection in exhibits at the museum itself as well as for educational purposes throughout the state. She is honored to be serving her home state of Maryland and bringing the history of her fellow citizens together.
When not at work, she can be found at her home in Annapolis with her extremely lovable pets.
05 April 2011
J. Michael Powell is the Banneker Douglass Museum’s new Curator of Exhibitions. Joseph Michael Powell is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Virginia Union University and has candidacy for a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Loyola University Maryland. He has additional graduate study in history and museum studies from Virginia State University and Morgan State University. Previous to coming to the Banneker Douglass Museum, Mr. Powell was the Assistant Curator and Historian at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. As the Assistant Curator, he assisted in the creation and research of exhibitions. He has a vested interest in sharing history and culture with the public and embraces a personal philosophy of education through self- discovery. Mr. Powell looks forward to creating new and innovative exhibitions for the BDM, with an initial exhibition in May on Slavery in Maryland in conjunction with the Maryland State Archives.
22 March 2011
"Ar'n't I a Woman?" (1851)
by Sojourner Truth
whar dar is so much racket
dar must be somethin' out o' kilter.
I tink dat 'twixt de nigger of de Souf
and de womin at de Norf,
all talkin' 'bout rights,
de white men will be in a fix pretty soon.
But what's all dis here talkin' 'bout?
Dat man ober dar say
dat womin needs to be helped into carriages,
and lifted ober ditches,
and to hab de best place everywhar.
Nobody eber halps me into carriages,
or ober mudpuddles,
or gibs me any best place!
And ar'n't I a woman?
Look at me!
Look at my arm!
I have ploughed,
and gathered into barns,
and no man could head me!
And ar'n't I a woman?
I could work as much
and eat as much as a man --
when I could get it --
and bear de lash as well!
And ar'n't' I a woman?
I have borne thirteen chilern,
and seen 'em mos' all sold off to slavery,
and when I cried out with my mother's grief,
none but Jesus heard me!
And ar'n't I a woman?
Den dey talks 'bout dis ting in de head;
what dis dey call it?
(whispered someone near).
Dat's it, honey.
What's dat got to do wid womin's rights
or nigger's rights?
If my cup won't hold but a pint,
and yourn holds a quart,
wouldn't ye be mean
not to let me have my little half-measure full?
Den dat little man in black dar,
he say women can't have as much rights as men,
'cause Christ wan't a woman!
Whar did your Christ come from?
Whar did your Christ come from?
From God and a woman!
Man had nothin' to do wid Him.
If de fust woman God ever made
was strong enough to turn de world upside down
dese women togedder ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!
And now dey is asking to do it,
de men better let 'em.
Bleeged to ye for hearin' on me,
and now ole Sojourner
han't got nothin' more to say."