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On May 14, 2007, the Annapolis City Council approved a resolution expressing regret for the municipal government's involvement in the institution of slavery entitled:

"Expressing the City Council's Profound Regret for Role of the Municipal Government in Maintaining and Supporting the Practice of Slavery."

Click to view PDF of the legislation.

The Blacks in Annapolis Project was initiated with grant funding appropriated by the Annapolis City Council in 2007. The members of the City Council at the time of the appropriation were: Mayor Ellen O. Moyer, Alderman Richard E. Israel (D), Alderman Frederick M. Paone (R), Alderwoman Classie Gillis Hoyle (D), Alderwoman Sheila M. Finlayson (D), Alderman David H. Cordle, Sr. (R), Alderman Julie Stankivic (R), Alderman Samuel Shropshire (D), Alderman Ross H. Arnett, III (D). The Legacy of Slavery Division of the Maryland State Archives' Research Department along with the Archives' Information Technology Department conducted the research, developed and debuted the website on November 1, 2008, commemorating the passing of the Maryland Constitution on that date in 1864 which abolished slavery in Maryland.

Credits: Blacks in Annapolis Project Staff

Chris Haley, Project Director
Emily Oland Squires, Director of Research and Student Outreach

Research and Support
Ryan Cox, Research Archivist
Maya Davis, Research Archivist
John Gartrell, Research Archivist
Jennifer Hafner, Research Archivist

Web Design, Database Management and Programming
Kara Carter
Matt Davis
Jerry Gaylord
Kyle McLean
Frank Patenaude
Gerald Ward