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The African American Tourism Council of MD, Inc. is a ten-year old, nonprofit organization based within the City of Baltimore. Our goals include the research, documentation, preservation, protection, and promotion of African American History, Culture and Tourism within the State of Maryland.

To support the Council's ongoing efforts to promote and preserve our history, please send your tax-deductible donation to African American Tourism Council of MD, Inc.   Post Office Box 3014 Baltimore, MD 21229-0014, Attn: Lou Fields.  Your support is vital to our success! 

Loyola History class on Frederick Douglass Path to Freedom Walking Tour in Fells Point

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 Michael Steele.
  • 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 historical societies.

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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Post Office Box 3014
Baltimore., MD 21229-0014
Te: 410.783.5469  

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