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Statue with Carmen FamilyThe Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, which sits both next to the Market House, and at the head of the City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland, is located at a site currently visited by some one million people a year. It is the only monument of its kind in the United States that commemorates the actual name and place of arrival of an enslaved African. Annapolis is known for it’s historic and charming quaint landmarks, its brick paved streets, its national boat shows, and its home for the United States Naval Academy.

Other Related Attractions

It is a town rich in American history. A notable landmark in Annapolis is the State House (built 1772-1780), the oldest State Capitol still in continuous legislative use. It was here that the Continental Congress met; General George Washington resigned from the Continental Army in 1783; the Treaty of Paris ending the American Revolution was ratified in 1784: and the Annapolis Convention of 1786 took place. Also of interest are the Old Treasury (1735), the oldest public building still standing in Maryland, the Charles Carroll House, home of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and Saint Anne’s Church (built 1858-1859), built on the site of an Anglican church of the 1690s. The United States Naval Academy (1845), the burial site of John Paul Jones, and St. John’s College (1784) are also located in Annapolis.

Plan a Visit to the Memorial

kkah4961x301For more information about the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, the City of Annapolis, its visitor accommodations, and other attractions, please contact the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau or the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation. Planning a visit to Annapolis couldn’t be easier. Request a copy of the new award-winning guide to “African-American Heritage in Annapolis & Anne Arundel County,” or the brochure entitled “A Memorial Like No Other: Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial.” Annapolis is conveniently located within a 30 minute driving distance from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), and within a 45 minute driving distance to Baltimore, Maryland, and to Washington, D.C.

Location

The Kunta Kinte–Alex Haley Memorial sits at the head of the city harbor in the heart of historic downtown Annapolis, Maryland. It is located directly across the street from the Market House, and within three blocks of both Maryland’s State House and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Directions

From Washington, D.C.: Take 50 East toward the Bay Bridge and exit at Rowe Boulevard, Exit 24, in Annapolis. Stay on Rowe Boulevard heading east until it splits with Northwest Street, veer to the right onto Northwest Street. Turn right at Church Circle. Remain in the right lane and exit at Duke of Gloucester Street. Turn left at Green Street. The bottom of Green Street merges with the Annapolis City Dock area (site of the Memorial’s Alex Haley sculpture group and the Story Wall) and Hopkins Plaza (site of the Compass Rose and information kiosk). Make a right turn and follow the Circle around to the water side.  Part of the Memorial is on the right at the head of the harbor. The other part of the Memorial is on the left beside the City Market House.

From Baltimore, Maryland: Take 97 South from the Baltimore 695 Beltway. At the end of 97 merge onto Route 50 East toward the Bay Bridge. Exit at Rowe Boulevard, Exit 24 in Annapolis. Stay on Rowe Boulevard heading east until it splits with Northwest Street, veer to the right onto Northwest Street. Turn right at Church Circle. Remain in the right lane and exit at Duke of Gloucester Street. Turn left at Green Street. The bottom of Green Street merges with the Annapolis City dock area and Hopkins Plaza. The Memorial is on the right at the head of the harbor and on the left beside the Annapolis City Market House.

map to memorialsParking: Visitor parking is available at the downtown Hillman Garage off Main Street, and Gott’s Court Garage or the Whitmore Garage, both located off Calvert Street. Parking is also available at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium off Rowe Boulevard. There you can take the trolley-shuttle into downtown. Limited metered parking spaces and two hour residential zone parking is also available. Please note that parking is strictly enforced in metered and residential areas.

For More Information About Visiting Annapolis Contact: Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau , 26 West Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, Phone 410-280-0445

For More Information About the Memorial Contact: The Kunta Kinte – Alex Haley Foundation at
410-841-6920 voice/TTY.

Hours of Operation and Accessibility

The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, an outdoor memorial, can be viewed 24 hours per day, seven days per week. At night it is illuminated by dramatic lighting. The Memorial is free and open to the public. Vehicles with handicapped license plates or current hang-tags may park at handicapped spaces near the Memorial and in all city garages. The site has been designed for wheelchair access.

storywalldaylight2The intimacy offered to visitors provides those with visual impairments the opportunity to “view” the statues and each of the ten unique Story Wall plaques by feeling the text messages, the features of the bronze interpretive art which frames each text message, the distinctive world globe centerpiece of the Compass Rose, and the four bronze life-size sculptures. The life-size sculptures are designed to be on an equal level with the visitors, not to rise above them.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and require an interpreter for guided tours of the Memorial, please contact your tour guide in advance to make arrangements.

Sign up for a Tour

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.