History of the Council...The late Steven Pace and Louis C. Fields created the Council in 1996.
Mr. Pace generously provided the leadership, mentorship and financial resources to get the Council off the ground including
paying all organizational costs. Mr. Fields served as Executive Director and now as President of the Council. The Council
is more of an advocacy organization and not necessarily a membership organization.
Under the Council’s umbrella, Mr. Fields’ efforts laid the groundwork for establishing…
Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce
Black Writers Guild of Maryland
Leon Day Park
Frederick Douglass Trail, Tour & Historical Markers in Fells Point
the annual Frederick Douglass Day [Sept 3] in Baltimore
the annual Buffalo Soldier Day [Feb 20] in Maryland
the annual Harriet Tubman Remembrance Day [March 10] in Maryland
- The Baltimore Tribute to Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary, Leon Day Hall of Fame, Dominque Dawes Homecoming
Victory Parade, Sam Lacy Tribute
Some of the History projects spearheaded by the African American Tourism Council of MD, Inc. include...
- Frederick Douglass "Path to Freedom" Walking Tour and the erection of four historical markers in Fells Point to honor
Maryland native, Frederick Douglass.
- July 23, 2003, AATC arranged for a statewide group of 35 associates to meet in the Annapolis State House with LT. Governor
- September 23, 2003, I was a presenter at the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Weekend with Congresswoman Corrine
Brown’s & Addie Richburg Session on the Underground Railroad.
- held three Underground Railroad conferences in the City of Baltimore, Maryland
- Hosted informative meetings and learning workshops in Maryland counties to inform, inspire, instruct and bring together
Maryland citizens who need assistance in developing heritage tourism programs and preservation projects.
- The Council is called on by national media for interviews relating to the African American history and culture of the
State of Maryland. Media interviews have been done for the Baltimore Sun, MPT, TV, radio, newspaper and national outlets such
as C-SPAN, Discovery Channel, NBC news, National Geographic, Pathfinders Travel, Black Meetings and Tourism, NPS and many
other media outlets.
- The Council has worked closely with the Maryland General Assembly & the MD Legislative Black Caucus, the Maryland
Office of Tourism Development, Maryland county tourism offices, Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association and the
AATC 's Present & Continuing programs and projects...
- Successfully gained entry of the Frederick Douglass Heritage Trail and Underground Railroad Tour of Baltimore City into
the National Park Service Network to Freedom Program
- Organizing MD Underground Railraod Coalition
- development and growth of African American Tourism in the State of Maryland.
- Survey of African American Resources in the Historic Pennsylvania Avenue district in West Baltimore.
- Restoration and Reopening of Dr. Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum, Maryland's only Civil Rights Museum.
- Establishing the Baltimore Black Heritage Trail
- arranging and assisting African American travelers, family reunions conferences and meetings in Maryland.
- Coordinating for the last seven years, the Annual Harriet Tubman Remembrance Day Celebration [Mar 10th annually]
- Supporting the programs, events, activities of Maryland’s Black Museums and entrepreneurs in the travel, tourism
and preservation industries.
- Providing Maryland Students and out-of-town students with field trips, site visits, tours, presentations, lectures
on how to research, study, record and document Maryland history of the African American experience in the State of Maryland.
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