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Honoring the past


Browns Woods Elementary school was constructed in 1924.  Browns Woods School was part of the Julius Rosenwald Fund's Building Program.  Prior to 1865 the state of Maryland public education was limited for white children and non-existent for African American Children.  Private efforts to educate free blacks did occur, most often through the auspices of churches, or black fraternal organization.  However the larger population believed education African American would pose a threat to white hegemony.  Maryland was among a number of southern states enacting laws prohibiting the teaching of slaves to read or write

Maryland Giants


Many African Americans from the Broadneck Peninsula had great ties to baseball.  Baseball was a way to enjoy the fruits of our labors, a time for relaxation, and a time for gathering.  A lot of heritage and culture was passed down thru baseball and the park we played at called the "Diamond"  You may hear someone say "Hey I'm going down diamond" referencing the diamond shape field located on Browns Woods Park.  The baseball field that carries our history and culture is now a soccer field.  Further speaks on why its very important to preserve what history we have left.  and that is AFDF main priority TO PRESERVE OUR HISTORY.

In 1991, Gerald Stansbury came up with a great idea to bring a past time to the present.  Organizing the Maryland Giants/Broadneck Smackers.  The organization grew from two coaches, two assistant coaches, and two teams consisting of approximately 25 boys... to four coaches,  two assistant coaches, and four teams made up of approximately 50 boys and girls. Maryland proclaim Gearld Stansbury Manager of The Year. 

Embark on a profound exploration of history with AFDF's Oral History Project, offering an insightful glimpse into the vibrant African American communities on the Broadneck Peninsula in Annapolis. Discover the untold stories woven into the fabric of this remarkable region, where resilience and triumph have shaped a lasting legacy.

Did you know that the African American community in Annapolis played a pivotal role in the city's rich history, contributing significantly to its cultural, social, and economic tapestry? Our project unveils these compelling narratives, capturing moments of strength and perseverance that resonate through time.

Journey through the years as we spotlight the achievements of notable figures and the collective contributions that have left an indelible mark on the community. From the establishment of educational institutions to cultural and economic advancements, witness the evolution of a community that continues to inspire.

Join us in preserving these vital stories, where every interview echoes the spirit of a resilient community. Through the lens of history, AFDF's Oral History Project invites you to connect with the past, honoring the enduring legacy of the African American community on the Broadneck Peninsula in Annapolis.

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