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Help Us Honor Frederick’s Vibrant Past

Support the Heritage Center for African American History

The dream of establishing a permanent home for the African American Resources-Cultural and Heritage Society (AARCH), is nearing fruition. Two decades in the making, it fulfills former Alderman William O. Lee’s vision. The new Heritage Center will be a vibrant place to tell the underrepresented story of Frederick’s African American community.

It’s an important story that needs to be told.

The City of Frederick has offered AARCH a lease for a 3,200 square foot facility at the former Cycle Fit establishment. It is ideally situated near the Frederick Visitor Center, the Delaplaine Arts Center and the Sky Stage. It adds another prominent destination for heritage tourism.

The Heritage Center will include permanent exhibit space, a multi-purpose area suitable for theater/meeting space, and research and archival facilities. It will showcase local artifacts and feature first-hand accounts of Frederick’s living treasures, local African American residents 90 years old or older. Planning is underway targeting a grand opening in 2022.

Funding Needs

  • Architectural redesign
  • Exhibit and media planning
  • Exhibit and media production & installation
  • Building renovation
  • Archival storage
  • Technology purchases
  • Furnishings and equipment
  • Operations

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A message from AARCH President David Key

We as a nation are facing two illnesses, both very deadly: the COVID-19 pandemic and the long-time mistreatment and injustices endured by African Americans since our arrival in this country over four hundred years ago. While we wait for the medical experts to create a vaccine for the virus, we need to rely on each other to cure the latter.

The senseless deaths of Mr. George Floyd and countless others have finally awakened the world to racial injustice in a profound way. Through a steadily growing catalog of videos, people world-wide witness in real time examples of brutal experiences African Americans have faced for far too long. Given this long history of injustices that continues to present day, the role of AARCH and our mission is even more apparent.

AARCH is prepared now more than ever to share our history in wholeness. We will continue to be the bridge, sharing first-hand experiences of African Americans in Frederick County. Our stories, experiences and contributions need to be told, and deserve to be heard.

As we continue our work with developing, designing, and funding the AARCH HERITAGE CENTER for African American History and Culture for Frederick County, we welcome support from all members of our community. Please visit our website (www.aarchsociety.org) to join us. We invite you to volunteer with us, collaborate with us, learn with us, and contribute to our mission: preserving and sharing the history of African Americans in Frederick County, so that we can all grow in understanding. AARCH welcomes you to be a part of the conversation, and to be part of the solution to the injustices that have thus far been inseparable from the story of who we are.

I commend the student organizers for putting together the peaceful March for Justice in Frederick on June 5, 2020, to honor the lives of African Americans people that were taken at the hands of police brutality and to galvanize our community for justice. This was such a powerful moment that energized and brought so many people together. I commend all of the elected officials and law enforcement who walk with us in support of EQUALITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. My hope is that we will translate this outpouring of support and groundswell of awareness into concrete change for the better.

Continue to be safe and look out for one another,

David V. Key

President of AARCH Society of Frederick, MD

AARCH Society     PO Box 3903     Frederick, MD 21705