Kennard African American Cultural Heritage Center (KAACHC) is home to the African American History Museum, which chronicles African American life in both Queen Anne’s County and the nation, with an emphasis on the period in time that Kennard High School (KHS) operated, 1936-1966.
The museum’s exhibits include pictures and artifacts highlighting African America culture in education, occupation, military, business, and civic life during that era. The exhibits also include recorded histories of KHS students, teachers, and local citizens of that era.
The restoration of KHS and the creation of its African American History Museum has become the cornerstone of Kennard Alumni Association’s mission – to provide a learning resource that models the history and culture of the African American community in Queen Anne’s County.
There is a fundamental gap in permanent resources that tell the story of African American contributions to the history of the life and growth of Queen Anne’s County (QAC) and its citizens.
While there are memorials and exhibits that speak to African American historical contributions throughout the mid shore, such as Harriett Tubman in Dorchester County, Frederick Douglas in Talbot County, and Charles Sumpter GAR Hall in Kent County, QAC is sorely lacking in this area.
The exhibits in the restored high school and museum will provide a window into the rich history and heritage of African American culture in Queen Anne’s County.