Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc Wiley H. Bates High School was the only secondary school for colored or African American students from 1933 through 1966. The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center and Memorial Courtyard is the centerpiece of the $27 million Bates Heritage Park, which opened in a public celebration, September 2006.
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The Legacy Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Wiley H. Bates High School, formerly (1933 to 1966) the only high school for African Americans in Anne Arundel County. It is a unique cultural arts heritage museum displaying historical documents and collections that preserve the Bates Spirit that yet lives.

The Legacy Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Wiley H. Bates High School, formerly (1933 to 1966) the only high school for African Americans in Anne Arundel County. It is a unique cultural arts heritage museum displaying historical documents and collections that preserve the Bates Spirit that yet lives.

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Dear Alumni, supporters, members, and friends,Please join us for a summer fundraising event at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy...
07/06/2021

Dear Alumni, supporters, members, and friends,

Please join us for a summer fundraising event at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center. Click the link below to purchase your ticket.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wiley-h-bates-legacy-center-virtual-barbeque-tickets-161151942799

Virtual Barbeque Fundraiser for the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

About this event
Have a great time with family and friends as we raise funds for the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center. Grab your apron, light up the grill, and get your menu together as we laugh, dance, and enjoy each other's company virtually. A limited number of VIP Packages are available for $40; however, general admission is $20. We'll have a DJ playing our favorite songs, a grill master giving grilling tips, along with a contest for the best grilling outfit, best-grilled meal, and best picnic tablescape. You don't want to miss this!

Date and time
Sat, August 7, 2021

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

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Refund policy
We are sorry to inform you that ticket and evite fees are non-refundable.

Dear Alumni, supporters, members, and friends,

Please join us for a summer fundraising event at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center. Click the link below to purchase your ticket.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wiley-h-bates-legacy-center-virtual-barbeque-tickets-161151942799

Virtual Barbeque Fundraiser for the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

About this event
Have a great time with family and friends as we raise funds for the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center. Grab your apron, light up the grill, and get your menu together as we laugh, dance, and enjoy each other's company virtually. A limited number of VIP Packages are available for $40; however, general admission is $20. We'll have a DJ playing our favorite songs, a grill master giving grilling tips, along with a contest for the best grilling outfit, best-grilled meal, and best picnic tablescape. You don't want to miss this!

Date and time
Sat, August 7, 2021

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Add to calendar

Refund policy
We are sorry to inform you that ticket and evite fees are non-refundable.

06/04/2021
Maryland Commission on African American History & CultureChairRev. Dr. Tamara England WilsonVice ChairHerbert Russell Fr...
04/02/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: MCAAHC April Public Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Maryland Commission on African American History & Culture

Chair
Rev. Dr. Tamara England Wilson

Vice Chair
Herbert Russell Frisby, Jr.

Director of the MCAAHC
Chanel Compton

Notice of Public Meeting
Theme: Matthew Henson, "The Explorer"

Monday, April 12, 2021
11:00 a.m.

To join this public meeting please click this Zoom link below:
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIoduqqqTMqH9MeLAVvX-qsZFQ4ApfauMj-

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: MCAAHC April Public Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Dear friends, alumni, members and supporters,Be sure to use the link below if you make any purchases via Amazon especial...
03/23/2021
Support Wiley H Bates Legacy Center Inc by shopping at AmazonSmile.

Dear friends, alumni, members and supporters,

Be sure to use the link below if you make any purchases via Amazon especially during the COVID - 19 shut down period and the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc will receive a donation of .5% of the cost of your purchases.

When you shop at AmazonSmile with your current Username and password ,Amazon will make a donation to the Wiley H Bates Legacy Center Inc. You will support us every time you shop if you use the link below..

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/61-1471512

Thank you in advance for your support of this ongoing fundraiser and we pray that you and your family continue to be safe during this difficult time.

The Board of Directors,

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Wiley H Bates Legacy Center Inc. Support us every time you shop.

Community leaders call on governor to do more to ensure COVID-19 vaccine equity.Walgreens teamed up with the Wiley Bates...
03/08/2021
Community leaders call on governor to do more to ensure COVID-19 vaccine equity

Community leaders call on governor to do more to ensure COVID-19 vaccine equity.

Walgreens teamed up with the Wiley Bates Senior Home in Annapolis to vaccinate more than 40 residents, those most vulnerable, against COVID-19, meeting them where they are.

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/baltimore-community-leaders-seek-covid-19-vaccine-equity/35753682

Maryland is working to get the COVID-19 vaccine into more communities of color, but some are calling on the governor to do more to help ensure vaccine distribution is equitable.

01/29/2021
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George Spriggs
12/30/2020

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Phil Burgess: With caution, South County Showstoppers perform carols amid coronavirus https://www.capitalgazette.com/lif...
12/14/2020
Phil Burgess: With caution, South County Showstoppers perform carols amid coronavirus

Phil Burgess: With caution, South County Showstoppers perform carols amid coronavirus https://www.capitalgazette.com/lifestyles/ac-cn-columnh-phil-burgess-20201206-20201213-yit6emexnndnflptdlf5dx6qom-story.html

Even though the South County Senior Center has been closed since March because of the coronavirus, the spirit of the place lives on in several of its programs – including the Showstoppers, whose members continued their rehearsals on the parking lot of the center during the fall while the weather w...

We have published a new blog article on our website : BLC Book Club presents: “Aris Brown and Career Day” – Dec 16, 2020...
12/12/2020
BLC Book Club presents: “Aris Brown and Career Day” – Dec 16, 2020 @ 6:00 PM via ZOOM!! – Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

We have published a new blog article on our website : BLC Book Club presents: “Aris Brown and Career Day” – Dec 16, 2020 @ 6:00 PM via ZOOM!!

https://whbateslegacycenter.org/blc-book-club-presents-aris-brown-and-career-day-dec-16-2020-600-pm-via-zoom/

Blog adminadmin 0 Comments Posted on December 11, 2020December 11, 2020 BLC Book Club presents: “Aris Brown and Career Day” – Dec 16, 2020 @ 6:00 PM via ZOOM!!

Dear friends, alumni, members and supporters, Be sure to use the link below if you plan to make any holiday purchases vi...
12/01/2020
Support Wiley H Bates Legacy Center Inc by shopping at AmazonSmile.

Dear friends, alumni, members and supporters,

Be sure to use the link below if you plan to make any holiday purchases via Amazon and the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc will
receive a donation of .5% of the cost of your purchases.

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/61-1471512

Thank you in advance for your support of this ongoing fundraiser and happy holidays to you and your family.

The Board of Directors,

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Wiley H Bates Legacy Center Inc. Support us every time you shop.

Arts On Stage :: Live Professional Theatre
11/05/2020
Arts On Stage :: Live Professional Theatre

Arts On Stage :: Live Professional Theatre

We understand that these are uncertain times. However, we are looking forward to the day that students can learn not from their computers, but live and in person at either our Towson or Bowie location.

Maryland State Arts Council
11/05/2020

Maryland State Arts Council

Are you an independent artist looking for funding?

Emergency Grants provide funding to artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Questions? Visit tinyurl.com/msacemergencygrant or email [email protected] to directly connect with an MSAC Program Director!

11/05/2020
Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County - Care. Connect. Contribute.

Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County - Care. Connect. Contribute.

Volunteer of the Year, Vanessa Carter, learned the value of volunteering and being involved in the local community from a young age as she watched her mother, the late Sarah E. Carter, as the first African American on the Anne Arundel County Council. Ms. Carter, was raised on the principle that one must always give back to the community and she has put that learning into action by not only volunteering for organizations and utilizing her professional background, but also by also being involved in and supporting efforts of the church she attends, said nominator Kathleen Koch, Executive Director of Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. - ACDS. Her nomination was supported by the YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, the Leningrad Sister State Committee, and the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc.

Join CFAAC's 20th Anniversary Celebration of Philanthropy and all 20 of the awardees on November 5th at noon for the live, virtual awards presentation. Learn More & Register Here: https://bit.ly/2020CelebrationofPhilanthropy

The City Of Annapolis
11/01/2020

The City Of Annapolis

Wondering what to do with your Pumpkin?

The City is partnering with Annapolis Green to compost pumpkins via a pumpkin drop off Nov. 5-9 in Truxtun Park by the skate park. 10 bins will be dropped off on the 5th and picked up on the 9th (so the drop off may only be Nov. 6-8) by Veterans Compost.

We have published a new blog article on our website: Save the DATE!!! – Joyce Picot McManus Music Grant Virtual Award Ce...
10/11/2020
Save the DATE!!! – Joyce Picot McManus Music Grant Virtual Award Ceremony – Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

We have published a new blog article on our website: Save the DATE!!! – Joyce Picot McManus Music Grant Virtual Award Ceremony

https://whbateslegacycenter.org/save-the-date-joyce-picot-mcmanus-music-grant-virtual-award-ceremony/

Blog adminadmin 0 Comments Posted on October 10, 2020October 10, 2020 Save the DATE!!! – Joyce Picot McManus Music Grant Virtual Award Ceremony   Join this Virtual Event     Click here to Register!   Sunday, November 15, 2020 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  

Back to School – Support the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Through Amazon ShoppingYou can view it from this link : https:...
09/03/2020
Back to School – Support the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Through Amazon Shopping – Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

Back to School – Support the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Through Amazon Shopping

You can view it from this link : https://whbateslegacycenter.org/back-to-school-support-the-wiley-h-bates-legacy-center-through-amazon-shopping/

Blog adminadmin 0 Comments Posted on September 3, 2020September 3, 2020 Back to School – Support the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Through Amazon Shopping Click this link to support the BLC through Amazon Shopping.  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/61-1471512

OBITUARIES: William Dorsey Sr., a decorated Navy veteran who worked at Crofton Country Club for 54 years, dies. Mr. Dors...
08/27/2020
William Dorsey Sr., a decorated Navy veteran who worked at Crofton Country Club for 54 years, dies

OBITUARIES: William Dorsey Sr., a decorated Navy veteran who worked at Crofton Country Club for 54 years, dies.

Mr. Dorsey graduated from Wiley H. Bates High School in 1962.

He will be missed.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/obituaries/bs-md-ob-william-dorsey-20200826-ybfqqrxm6bfdjcpyctukakkppa-story.html

The golf course superintendent and building maintenance supervisor was honored in 2014 with the Navy Good Conduct, National Defense Service and Vietnam Service medals.

$667,300 granted to local non-profits by Anne Arundel County$40,000: Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center – Funds will be used t...
07/11/2020
$667,300 granted to local non-profits by Anne Arundel County | Eye On Annapolis

$667,300 granted to local non-profits by Anne Arundel County

$40,000: Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center – Funds will be used to sustain the current staffing structure and operations, allowing the historic Center to continue tours, support curriculum design, special events, awareness forums, and other community-based programs.

https://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2020/07/667300-granted-to-local-non-profits-by-anne-arundel-county/

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced Community Support Grant Program awards, totaling nearly $670,000 in funding, were made to 26 nonprofit organizations for Fiscal Year 2021. Funds

06/19/2020

In honor of Juneteenth, a showing of the “one-woman” play, The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, will broadcast on YouTube this Friday, June 19, at 8 pm EST.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Story chronicles the life of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer through poetically styled storytelling. Through the compelling integration of storytelling, nostalgic songs, and graphic video montage, the artist, Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye, channels the heart, soul, and passion of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer and takes the audience on a riveting journey that imbues accountability and inspires civic participation.

Turn your Father's Day shopping into a force for good. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/61-1471512 and Amazon donates to Wile...
06/11/2020
Support Wiley H Bates Legacy Center Inc by shopping at AmazonSmile.

Turn your Father's Day shopping into a force for good. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/61-1471512 and Amazon donates to Wiley H Bates Legacy Center Inc.

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Wiley H Bates Legacy Center Inc. Support us every time you shop.

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Honors “Maryland Day”Join us in honoring the significant contributions of Wiley H. Bates Hi...
06/08/2020
Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Honors “Maryland Day” – Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Honors “Maryland Day”

Join us in honoring the significant contributions of Wiley H. Bates High School educators. Their efforts paved an inspirational journey! From 1933 to 1966, Bates was the only academic institution to provide education for African American high school students in Anne Arundel County.

Thank you for viewing these moving videos…

Tell others about it.

https://whbateslegacycenter.org/wiley-h-bates-legacy-center-honors-maryland-day/

The legacy continues!!

Blog adminadmin 0 Comments Posted on June 8, 2020June 8, 2020 Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Honors “Maryland Day” Join us in honoring the great contributions of Wiley H. Bates High School educators. Their efforts paved an inspirational journey! From 1933 to 1966, Bates was the only academic insti...

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1101 Smithville St
Annapolis, MD
21401

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The History of Wiley H. Bates Wiley H. Bates, born in North Carolina on August 1, 1859, came to Annapolis in 1872. After working on various jobs in Annapolis in 1879, he opened a small grocery store on the corner of South and Cathedral Streets in Annapolis. His home was located on the corner diagonally across the street, where he lived with his wife, Annie, and adopted daughter, Mattie Holt. Mr. Bates’ business prospered in the neighborhood. Serving white and colored alike, he found himself with a prosperous and growing business requiring a horse and wagon for deliveries and three clerks. In 1912, after 33 years, Mr. Bates sold the business. Mr. Bates was a leader not only in the community but in civic affairs. On July 12, 1897, he was elected Alderman from what was then the third ward and served a two-year term. Mr. Bates was actively interested in education, although he, himself, had spent only five days of his childhood in formal schooling. During his first year as Alderman, he presented a petition to the council signed by the Annapolis colored citizens requesting a school for their children. Out of the petition probably came the Stanton Elementary School on Washington Street, where he served as a trustee for eight years. In the late 1920s, when the Stanton PTA was attempting to raise funds for the purchase of a piece of land for a new high school building, Mr. Bates donated $500.00 toward this cause. The land was purchased, and the new high school for colored children was built and opened to students in January 1933. It was dedicated as the Wiley H. Bates High School. In recognition of Mr. Bates’ many contributions to the Annapolis Community, the Annapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution to perpetuate the memory of this outstanding Annapolis Citizen. It cited Mr. Bates as a “churchman, businessman, civic leader and philanthropist who served the city with distinction and as a citizen who made many outstanding contributions to the community, the foremost of which was his contribution to the founding of the Bates High School. Mr. Bates was a member of the Board of Trustees of Wilberforce University in Ohio for four years, a dedicated member of Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church in Annapolis, and a 33rd Degree Mason. He donated to many charities, among which was the Annapolis Emergency Hospital. Wiley H. Bates, merchant, politician, philanthropist, and Christian gentleman, departed this life in 1935. His remains now rest in Brewer Hill Cemetery here in Annapolis, and his grave is marked with an obelisk, the only one in the cemetery. I first became acquainted with Mr. Bates while I was a youngster in the Mount Moriah Sunday School. He and my father, William H. Brown, were good friends. They were not only associated as fellow members of the church, but they had a common interest in the grocery business as my father also operated a grocery store here in the city during this period. In 1928, Mr. Bates wrote and published a booklet entitled, “Researches, Sayings, and Life of Wiley H. Bates,’ which he made available to the Annapolis Community. My father purchased a copy of the booklet, and I had the opportunity to read it. Over the years, our copy in some way disappeared. Recently, I came across a copy of the book and after reading it, decided that Mr. Bates’ Sayings, his gems of wisdom and his philosophy of life expressed so eloquently in his writings should be made available to the present-day public that they might profit from his views of everyday living and be inspired by his life and accomplishments. It was for these reasons that I decided to reproduce the booklet. Author – Phillip L. Brown (1999) http://www.aacps.org/aacps/bams/about.asp

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Thank you to staff of the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center for allowing us to have the space for Polished Passionate and Poised Book Launch Celebration.
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REGISTRATION ENDS TODAY! Life Line Screening will be at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center TOMORROW, Tuesday, July 3rd offering five safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. Appointments are limited, so please sign up now by calling 1-877-38-1743 or visit Life Line Screening’s website at www.lifelinescreening.com/community circle to reserve your appointment. Complete Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening for $149 (A SPECIAL $25 DISCOUNT OFF THIS PACKAGE IS AVAILABLE). Single tests cost around $70. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT – RESERVE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY! Did you know that Life Line Screening will be at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center on Tuesday, July 3rd offering, safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not part of a routine physical. Screening choices include Stroke risk, Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), Atrial Fibrillation and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The package above is $149 (A SPECIAL $25 OFF DISCOUNT IS AVAILABLE TO FRIENDS OF THE WILEY H. BATES LEGACY CENTER WHEN YOU PRE-REGISTER TODAY!!). Appointments are limited. CALL: 1-877-380-1743 OR VISIT: www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle OR TEXT: the word ‘circle’ to 797979
A stroke occurs every 40 seconds and yet up to 80% of strokes can be prevented. This is why the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center is hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018. Screenings are fast, painless and affordable. Three key tests check for blocked carotid arteries, an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure, which are the three leading risk factors for stroke. Nearly 800,000 strokes will occur this year, taking a life approximately every four minutes. Other tests check for abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Many events also offer blood tests, including cholesterol, glucose and c-reactive protein screenings, as well as take-home colon cancer early detection tests. Screening packages start at $139 (A SPECIAL $25 DISCOUNT OFF THIS PACKAGE IS AVAILABLE WHEN YOU PRE-REGISTER). Single tests cost around $70. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule your appointment, call 1-877-380-1743 or text the word circle to 797979 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle Pre-registration is required.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER! Did you know that Life Line Screening will be at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center on Friday, January 12th offering, safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not part of a routine physical. Screening choices include Stroke risk, Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), Atrial Fibrillation and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The package above is $149 ($139 with this special discount). You must pre-register and appointments are limited. CALL: 1-866-229-0469 OR VISIT: www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle OR TEXT: the word ‘circle’ to 797979