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Marylanders can celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend (January 16-18, 2021) at two special sites in beautiful Annapolis. Born on January 15, 1929, Dr. King was a Baptist minister and activist who led the African-American Civil Rights Movement and gave his life for the cause of equality for all Americans.

King’s role in the advancement of civil rights through non-violent civil disobedience was founded on his Christian beliefs, and he won a Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful efforts in 1964. The following are two locations that celebrate the struggle of African-Americans for freedom.

Banneker-Douglass Museum

The Banneker-Douglass Museum is Maryland’s official museum of African American history and culture, especially as they relate to the state. Named after Maryland residents Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, two prominent African Americans who advocated for the end of slavery, the museum highlights the contributions of African American citizens of Maryland.

Others historic figures include Kunta Kinte, the protagonist of writer Alex Haley’s Roots, James Pennington, a Brooklyn abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, organizer of the Underground Railroad, Matthew Henson, famed Arctic explorer, and Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.

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Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial

It is the only location in the U.S. that commemorates the actual name and arrival location of an African slave. A bronze plaque contains the original acknowledgement of the arrival of Kunta Kinte aboard the slave ship Lord Ligonier in 1767.

The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial is comprised of three areas: the Alex Haley sculpture group, Compass Rose, and Story Wall. As described 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.”

For More Information: Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial

Red Hot & Blue Annapolis Highlights

Founded in 1988, Red Hot & Blue Annapolis is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and caterer featuring delicious award-winning ribs, Memphis-style barbecue, smoked wings, and Southern sides and desserts.

The atmosphere is steeped in legendary and contemporary blues music and delivers a large dose of Southern hospitality in a fun and entertaining dining environment. Bring your friends and family to our warm and friendly Annapolis location today!