Residents and visitors of Annapolis can celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend (January 14-16, 2023) at two special sites in this beautiful and historic city.
Dr. King’s role in advancing the civil rights movement through nonviolent civil disobedience was based on his Christian beliefs. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful approach in 1964.
Below are two Annapolis sites that commemorate the struggle of African Americans for freedom and equality.
The Banneker-Douglass Museum is Maryland’s official museum of African American culture and history. Focusing on our state, the museum is named after Maryland residents Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass. They were two prominent African American figures in the struggle to end slavery in the United States.
The museum also highlights the contributions of other African American citizens from Maryland. They include James Pennington, a Brooklyn abolitionist; Matthew Henson, famed Arctic explorer; Harriet Tubman, organizer of the Underground Railroad; Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice; and Kunta Kinte, the protagonist of writer Alex Haley’s Roots, The Saga of an American Family.
The only memorial of its kind in the United States, the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial commemorates an African slave landing on American shores. A bronze plaque contains the original acknowledgment of the arrival of Kunta Kinte, author Alex Haley’s ancestor, aboard the slave ship Lord Ligonier in 1767.
The memorial’s most prominent feature includes a sculpture of the Roots author. As stated by the memorial’s website: “The sculpture group features Alex Haley seated before a group of three children of different ethnic backgrounds. Holding a book open on his lap, he recounts his family’s history and that of the Annapolis port as the symbolic beginning of the history and journey of African Americans.”
Stop by The Crab Shack before or after celebrating MLK Day 2023!
The Crab Shack serves Cajun standouts like Chicken Jambalaya; Blackened Salmon served with Cajun rice, Steamed Crawfish, and Cajun Boils.
Lovers of fat, juicy crab, and amazing seafood don’t have to drive to Baltimore, Ocean City, Hooper’s Island, or Annapolis anymore. Stay close to home and enjoy wonderful deliciousness all year round at the two locations below!
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