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Future Exhibit - Annapolis: An American Story

Historic Annapolis is planning a new exhibit projected to open in spring 2021 at the HA Museum at 99 Main Street.

Annapolis: An American Story will feature artifacts from our own museum collection or borrowed from other institutions or individuals.  The principal exhibition spaces will be in the Historic Annapolis Museum, with some artifacts on display in the James Brice House and in local partnering sites.

Ultimately, we hope that Annapolis: An American Story will be an engaging collection of artifact-based stories that we, as Annapolitans, tell ourselves and others about our city and its past. We hope that it will connect people to the history of Maryland’s capital city in new, exciting, and perhaps surprising ways.

This project is funded in part by:

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This project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. 

Past Exhibits

Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake, developed by Historic Annapolis in 2013, is now owned by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture, in Baltimore, MD, and the exhibit is scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Please visit their website for current exhibition information.

Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake tells the stories of nine servants and slaves who tried to escape from forced servitude between 1728 and 1864. “Freedom” was their goal, but that meant different things to different people at different times. Some escape attempts succeeded, while other runaways were recaptured. For most whose flight is documented in historic newspapers, such as Annapolis’s Maryland Gazette, their fates remain unknown. Through Freedom Bound, visitors meet people who were treated as property and discover how they resisted that condition and asserted some degree of control over their lives and circumstances. Each of the displays represents an actual individual’s story, but each also tells part of a larger experience shared by thousands of bound workers—indentured servants, slaves, and convict servants—who lived and labored in the Chesapeake region.

Funding and support for “Freedom Bound” provided by:  Institute of Museum and Library Sciences / Maryland Heritage Areas Authority / Maryland Historical Trust / Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission / Severn Savings Bank / Winifred Gordon Foundation / Jane Campbell-Chambliss Auctioneers / Maryland Humanities Council / Harley W. Howell Charitable Foundation