Memorial Tours & Resource Center
Sign up for a Tour of the Memorial
Walk the same streets where enslaved Africans once worked and played, where free blacks owned and operated businesses, where Naval Academy attendants mentored each new class of young recruits, and where politics and laws have shaped the lives and destinies of African Americans for over four centuries. This award-winning tour, produced by Watermark in partnership with the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, has become a popular “must-do” experience for families, students, heritage visitors, reunion groups, and Naval Academy guests.
Debbie Gosselin, Watermark’s President said “We know that residents and visitors alike will want to explore Annapolis’ roots and beautiful streets. We have customized a special offering to showcase the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial in a delightful up- close-and-personal view of Annapolis. A portion of the proceeds go to support the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation.”
This charming tour features the rich history of African-Americans in Annapolis and their impact nationally and internationally. Key historical sites, including the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, Thurgood Marshall Memorial and the State House, will be part of this journey. Says Judith Cabral of the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, “We hope all visitors coming to the region schedule some time to visit Annapolis and take the tour. One million people a year from all over the world visit the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial. It would be a shame for anyone to miss it — we are only 40 minutes from DC, or 40 minutes from the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport. ”
To sign up, or obtain more details please visit Watermark’s website.
Annual Arrival Ceremony of Kunta Kinte
Every year on September 29th a ceremony to honor the memory of our ancestors takes place at the Annapolis City Dock in Maryland. . The ceremony commemorates Kunta Kinte’s arrival on this day in 1767 aboard the slave ship Lord Ligonier. It recognizes his spirit and courage, which continues to inspire individuals from many ethnic groups who struggle to preserve their cultural heritage.
The 2012 commemoration, was coordinated by the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation in partnership with Kunta Kinte Celebrations, Inc. The ceremony took place at the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial. For details about this exciting event and the plans for 2013, watch this website for details.
Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation Resource Center Collection Now Open and Available to the Public
The Kunta Kinte- Alex Foundation’s Resource Center Collection is rapidly becoming one of the largest specialty collections of African and African-American history, U.S. slavery, genealogy “how-to,” and local history and genealogies in the region. Free and open to the public, the Collection is housed at Sojourner-Douglass College at the Annapolis/Southern Maryland Campus. Holdings include books, journals, video media, and oral interview recordings. Search our online library catalog to view items in the collection.
Resource Collection Locations and Hours
Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation Administrative Offices
at Sojourner Douglass College
Annapolis/Southern Maryland Campus
135 Stepney’s Lane
Edgewater, Maryland 21037
College Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Monday thru Thursday, and
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Friday and Saturday
Access to the Foundation Resource Center Collection will be based on scheduled appointments.