Centering Black Stories: A Primer For Heritage Professionals


Patapsco Heritage Greenway, in partnership with the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, will host “Centering Black Stories: A Primer for Heritage Professionals” on April 7, 2020 @10:00AM-2:00PM. This event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Westchester Community Center, 2414 Westchester Ave., Oella, Baltimore County, Maryland 21043. Registration is requested: Register Online.

Black history is American history. However, due to a variety of factors, centering and appropriately interpreting black stories can be difficult for museum professionals. Join a panel of experts for a “how-to” workshop on Black history. Panel participants will share their insights into researching, interpreting, and exhibiting black history in Maryland. Broad lessons on the topic applicable to partners from around the state will be complimented by a special focus on Patapsco Valley stories.

Patapsco Heritage Greenway and the Maryland Heritage Areas Program invite area staff and stakeholders of cultural, history, park, and natural resource organizations for this free, two part workshop held in Oella, adjacent to Ellicott City, MD. The morning session will be a moderated panel discussion of experts in the field with time for questions. Lunch will be provided. The afternoon session will consist of table top discussions led by panel participants to work directly with participants.

The panel of experts will include:

Chanel Compton, Executive Director, Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture

Louis Diggs, Local Historian/Author

Dennis Doster, Black History Program Manager, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County

Nastassia Parker, Public Historian, Character Interpreter, and Lecturer.

Michelle Wright, Associate Professor, History & Africana Studies Community College of Baltimore County

Additional Background:

● For more information about Patapsco Heritage Greenway visit

● For more information about the Maryland Heritage Areas Program visit