As the State of Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage, the Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to document, to interpret, and to promote African American history and culture (particularly in Maryland) through exhibitions, programs, and projects in order to improve the understanding and appreciating of America’s rich cultural diversity for all.
The Banneker-Douglass Museum is a component of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, which is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives — an executive-department agency, whose mandate to coordinate outreach efforts to communities, organizations, and local governments across Maryland serves as a unifying principle for all its departments.
The bill establishing the State Black Archives Research Center & Museum was passed by the State Legislature in 1987, and the repository opened in 1990. Its mission is outreach oriented and statewide in scope and therefore highly consonant with the land-grant concept of the University. The general goals are to encourage greater awareness of the achievements and contributions of African Americans and the role they have played in American society and the world, and to provide a better basis for understanding racial and cultural differences.