“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage – to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning.”
– Alex Haley, Author of Roots
Anne Arundel County owes much to the rich heritage, culture, and bravery shown by African-American Marylanders. Many were first brought to Maryland from West Africa and the Caribbean through the slave trade, with numbers in Anne Arundel County once exceeding those of European Americans. Their labor was the backbone that built the strong local economy and the beginning of America’s early infrastructure. Their legacy and struggle have been documented and preserved here in Anne Arundel County, allowing for visitors to experience their plight, learn about the many important figures, and relive the stories that abound in our county.