Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture
African American Heritage Preservation Program Grants Announced!
The African American Heritage Preservation Grant Program is administered as a joint partnership of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT).
The program provides support for the acquisition, construction, and capital improvement buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. This competitive program, offered once per year, is supported through an annual appropriation from the Maryland General Assembly. The amount available for award is not known until the General Assembly adopts the State budget in early April.
Application materials for the upcoming grant round will be available in the coming weeks pending the approval of the final program regulations.
Click here for the press release announcing the African American Heritage Preservation Grant Program.
Click here for more information including eligibility requirements, application process, and timelines.
Click here for more information on available grants from the Maryland Historical Trust.
MCAAHC Official Website
Click here to visit the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture's official website, www.africanamerican.maryland.gov.
The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture originated in 1969 as the Maryland Commission on Negro History and Culture. In 1971, it was assigned to Morgan State College by Executive Order. Under the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Commission was renamed in 1974 as the Commission on Afro-American and Indian History and Culture and was renamed the Commission on Afro-American History and Culture in 1976. It became part of the Department of Housing and Community Development in 1987 and was redesignated as the Commission on African American History and Culture in 1992. In 2005, the Commission became part of the Maryland Department of Planning. On July 1, 2008, the Commission became a part of the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives.
Governor O'Malley names Dr. Joni Jones Director of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture
Duties of the Commission
Statutory duties of the Commission include:
Members of the Commission
The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate for terms of 4 years each. Appointees represent the entire Maryland community and are required to have a knowledge of African American culture and history, to be sensitive to the problems of minority communities, and to be connected with agencies working to integrate minority history and culture into the history of Maryland and our American culture. The Commissioners elect annually a chairman and vice-chairman from among the members of the Commission.
Commissioners currently include:
Theodore H. Mack, Chairman, (2007-2011)
Cheryl Janifer LaRoche, Ph.D., Vice-Chair (2007-2011)
Kelsey Bush, (2009-2013)
Dr. Charles M. Christian, (2009-2013)
Veronica Coates, (2008-2012)
Michael G. Miller, (2009-2013)
Anita Neal Powell, (2006-2010)
Evan Richardson, (2008-2012)
For More Information
For more information about the work of the Commission, contact Director Dr. Joni Jones at 410-216-6180. The Commission may also be reached c/o Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.
• MCAAHC Annual Report for 1999
• MCAAHC Annual Report for 2001
• MCAAHC Annual Report for 2002
• MCAAHC Annual Report for 2003
• MCAAHC Annual Report for 2004
Last updated: May 4, 2010