Howard County, Maryland


African Art Museum of Maryland

5430 Vantage
Point Road, Columbia, MD 21044, 410/ 730-7105.
Tues-Fri,10 am - 4 pm; Sun 12 noon - 4 pm.

The Museum is dedicated to collecting, exhibiting and
preserving the art of Africa - - masks, sculptured
figures, textiles, baskets, jewelry, household items and
musical instruments. In addition, it offers a range of experiences
through films, lectures, tours to Africa, youth/adult workshops, academic courses, dance and music performances, school and community outreach programs.


Howard County Center

Howard County Center image

Photograph by Robert Hall


Howard County Center of African-American Culture

5434 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD 21045, 410/ 715-1921.
Tues-Fri, 12 noon - 5 pm; Sat, 12 noon - 4 pm; Sun, by appointment.

The Center is an educational resource that promotes greater awareness of African American history in Howard County. The collection consists of artifacts, murals, recordings of spirituals-jazz-rap, a library of over 2,000 books on the Black experience, an African American stamp collection, and memorabilia depicting images of African Americans over the last 200 years.


Nixon's Farm

200 Nixon's Farm Lane, West Friendship, MD 21794,
410/ 442-2151. Facilities available for use by appointment only.

This 163-acre working farm has been a family-run operation for over four decades; specializing in catering large group outings, weddings, retreats, family and class reunions, church socials, bridal showers, holiday and special events, and Black History Month presentations. It is the only African American owned and operated facility of its kind in the state.


Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum (Baltimore County)

300 Oella Avenue, Oella, MD 21228, 410/ 887-1081.
Tues-Sat, 10 am - 4 pm.

The legacy of Benjamin Banneker, America's first African American man of mathematics and science, lives on at his homestead and farm. The museum facility offers several gallery spaces, including exhibitions on the life and times of Benjamin Banneker, and a Community Gallery with changing exhibits from the greater community. The 142-acre Banneker Park features a variety of trails, including a historical trail around the museum, an archaeological site, a nature trail, and a historic trolley line trail. The park is a natural stream valley woodland dedicated to the preservation of wildlife habitat and endangered native species. Banneker's interest in the outdoors included astronomy, agriculture, plants, animals, and weather.



African American sites in Howard County 1-800-398-5460
Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture