COMMISSION TO COORDINATE THE STUDY, COMMEMORATION, & IMPACT OF SLAVERY'S HISTORY & LEGACY IN MARYLAND


[photo, U.S. Colored Troops medal, 1864] Larry S. Gibson, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Iris Carter Ford, Ph.D., 2010; Louis S. Diggs, 2011; Rev. Dr. Phebe L. McPherson, 2012; Charles M. Christian, Ph.D., 2014; Clara L. Small, Ph.D., 2014; one vacancy.

Appointed by Senate President: Nathaniel J. McFadden

Appointed by House Speaker: Emmett C. Burns, Jr.

Ex officio: Edward C. Papenfuse; J. Rodney Little, Director, Maryland Historical Trust.

U.S. Colored Troops medal, 1864, Agnes Kane Callum Collection, Maryland State Archives (MSA SC 1090).


[photo, State Archives staff with Michael W. Twitty, State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland] Christopher E. Haley, Research Director for the History of Slavery in Maryland

c/o State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 260-6478; 1-866-289-0478 (toll free); fax: (410) 974-3895
e-mail: shlm@mdarchives.state.md.us


State Archives staff with Michael W. Twitty, author of "Fighting Old Nep: The Foodways of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders, 1634-1864", State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland, July 2013. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Authorized in 2000, the Commission to Coordinate the Study, Commemoration, and Impact of Slavery's History and Legacy in Maryland formed in March 2001 (Chapter 316, Acts of 2000).

Funds were targeted by the Commission to identify and maintain library and archival resources about the history and legacy of slavery; produce guides; and maintain on-line databases of relevant holdings, especially those not appropriately catalogued and documented. Historical sites in Maryland concerned with the history and legacy of slavery were identified by the Commission which monitored their preservation and development.

To support the preservation, cataloguing, and presentation of cultural resources relevant to the history and legacy of slavery in Maryland, the Commission networked for mutual assistance and support with museums, private collections, and cultural organizations, parks, and centers. In publicizing and seeking support for initiatives relating to the history and legacy of slavery (particularly those to benefit Maryland youth), the Commission worked with grass roots organizations, foundations, and government agencies.

The Commission also was charged with advising the State on how best to support programs and initiatives to commemorate the middle passage, slavery, indentured servitude, and the underground railroad. It kept the State informed of research on the lingering affects of slavery and its legacy, including their impact on crime and crime control.

To oversee and monitor the allocation of public resources to sites and undertakings related to the history and legacy of slavery in Maryland, the Commission worked cooperatively with public and private tourist agencies and organizations. Additionally, the Commission ensured a fair allocation of resources for African-American businesses and institutions (Code State Government Article, sec. 9-701).

In 2011, the Commission last met. Since then, many of its functions have been taken over by the State Archives.

The Commission formally was abolished in June 2019 (Chapter 6, Acts of 2019).

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