Tours & Resources

Tour 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.

Annapolis Tours by Watermark

Annapolis Tours by Watermark

Debbie Gosselin, Watermark’s President said, “We know that residents and visitors alike will want to explore Annapolis’s 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 goes 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 and the State House, will be part of this journey. The tour ends in front of the State’s official museum on African American History and Culture, Banneker- Douglass Museum.  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

Kunta Kinte Arrival Ceremony

Kunta Kinte Arrival Ceremony

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 annual commemoration is coordinated by the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation and is often held in partnership with Kunta Kinte Celebrations, Inc. as an opening to the Kunta Kinte Festival. The ceremony takes place at the site of the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial. For details about this exciting event and the plans for the next annual event, watch this website for details or contact the Foundation at

Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation Resource Center

The Kunta Kinte-Alex Foundation’s Resource Center Collection is rapidly becoming one of the largest special 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 on the second floor of Asbury United Methodist Church at 87 West Street, Annapolis, Maryland. Holdings include books, journals, video media, and oral interview recordings.

Search Our Online Library Catalog

Use the link above to search for items in the collection and schedule a free appointment with our helpful genealogist.

Resource Center overview provided by the former genealogist, Lyndra Marshall.

Locations and Hours

Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation
Asbury United Methodist Church
87 West Street, 2nd Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401-2426
Telephone: 410.295.9395
Fax:  410.295.9396

Note: Resource Center with genealogist available by scheduled appointment