Last updated: 6/25/2012
Columbia, Maryland
Street Address
5434 Vantage Point Rd
Columbia, MD 21044
Mailing Address
5434 Vantage Point Rd
Columbia, MD 21044
phone: 410-715-1921
Tuesday - Friday10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday12 PM - 4 PM
And by special appointment; The Museum is open for tours during normal hours and special arrangements can be made for group tours outside of those times.
Adults $4.00
Children $2.00
Special Event Rental
Group Tours

The Howard County Center of African American Center houses a collection of over 1,000 artifacts and murals representing African American life in rural Howard County in the early 1900s and memorabilia depicting images of African Americans over the last 200 years.

The HCCAAC Research Library and Archives is committed to identifying expanding and preserving collections that offer students faculty staff and the general public the unique opportunity to appreciate, learn and research the rich history of African Americans. The HCCAAC Research Library and Archives, with over 10,000 books, archival center, extensive vertical file, and non-print media contributes to the educational cultural and research goals set forth by Howard community College. A new area of the archives that will be dedicated to housing materials relevant to slavery, the Underground Railroad, Reconstruction and native Howard County family and genealogical records is being planned. The Research Library and Archives are located at Howard Community College in the James Clark, Jr. Library Building on the second floor.

Including: ■An art gallery displaying local African American artists ■An exhibit of replicas representing the inventions of African Americans ■A music collection of vintage and contemporary recordings ■An exhibit highlighting African American leaders and families of Howard County ■An exhibit of images of African Americans on stamps and first day covers ■A pictorial mural of pre and post inaugural images of our 44th President, Barack Obama ■Audio visual collection of historical, temporary researched and related items ■An exhibit highlighting African Americans serving in the military along with related artifacts ■A collection of African American memorabilia depicting negative stereotypes


Founded in August 1987, the Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc. is an independent, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of African American history and culture of Howard County Maryland and the surrounding region.

Artifact Collections
  • artifacts
  • murals
  • memorabilia depicting images of African American life over the last 200 years
  • recordings
  • books and periodicals
  • Services


    Group tours are available and make ideal outings for bus trips, retirement communities and religious and community organizations. Student tours are offered throughout the year. The Museum is open for tours during normal hours and special arrangements can be made for group tours outside of those times.

    Special Event Rental

    Group Tours

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