Building Our Future

The African American Heritage Center

When the Frederick African American Heritage Center opens, visitors of all ages from around the region and nation will enter a dynamic hub of activity that tells the compelling stories and history of African Americans in Frederick County.

Here, you can undertake research, learn about and experience cultural objects highlighted through permanent and changing exhibitions, as well as educational and multidisciplinary programs that enrich and transform.

Ideally located on All Saints and Carroll Streets in close proximity to the Frederick Visitor Center, the Delaplaine Arts Center, and Sky Stage, the Heritage Center will add to the vibrancy and diversity of our historic downtown.

AARCH Society Collection

Preserving Our Heritage, Enlightening the Future

The AARCH Society Archival Collection is a treasure trove for researchers and lovers of African American history and culture.

At the Heritage Center, visitors will have access to cultural objects, archival materials, and ephemera through exhibitions, displays and educational programs.

Reproductions of vintage photographs, maps, copies of key documents, books, articles, video and audio tapes will tell historic and contemporary stories about local African Americans’ family, professional, and social life, our communities and neighborhoods, as well as education, religion, journalism, sports, and the arts and entertainment.

Experience the Frederick County African American Heritage Center

The Heritage Center will be a dynamic space for educational enrichment and transformational experiences for visitors of all ages. The Heritage Center will provide visitors to Frederick County with a unique lens into the untold stories of Frederick’s African American community. 

The Heritage Center will serve as:

  • A primary resource for knowledge, information, and research about African Americans in Frederick County.
  • A venue for the presentation of innovative and enriching exhibitions, displays, public and education programs.
  • A repository where objects, as well as extraordinary stories that tell the history and stories about African Americans in Frederick County, are captured, preserved, and made accessible to current and future generations.