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 dollar Bates Heritage Park which opened in a public celebration, September 2006. 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 It is a unique cultural arts heritage museum displaying historical documents and collections that preserve the Bates Spirit that yet lives.
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This school complex was begun in the early 1930s. The first portion was completed in 1932, and replaced the original Annapolis Colored High School which had been located in the Stanton School on West Washington Street. The original portion of the building is a flat roofed, two-story building of brick and masonry bearing walls and wood frame floor and roof structure. A center, double-loaded corridor runs north-south the entire length of the building with classrooms, lavatories, and stairs on the western side, and classrooms, library, offices, and a two-story auditorium on the eastern side. The second-floor corridor opened to the two-story auditorium space as a gallery. First-floor classrooms were added to both the north and south in 1937, and second-floor classrooms were added in 1945. The major architectural treatment is reserved for the auditorium section which is embellished with three segment-ally arched windows, a low cast stone belt course, and a pattern of pilasters and panels; the remainder of the building facade is relieved with cast stone belt courses and ganged double hung windows. The resource achieved its current configuration in 1950, when additional teaching facilities were added. The most recent portion of the building is also of masonry construction, and is completed in a simplified International or Modern style. The entire building complex continued in use until 1981. The Wiley H. Bates High School is of exceptional significance in the history of the development of public education for African Americans in Anne Arundel County. From the time the school was built in 1932 until 1966 when the Anne Arundel County public school system was finally desegregated, the Wiley H. Bates High School was the only public school in the county which African-American students could attend for a secondary level education. The 1932 building was expanded in 1937, 1945, and 1950 to accommodate increasing enrollment. In each building campaign, facilities which equaled or exceeded those available to white students were provided. These expansions and remodeling represent the response of the county to the "separate but equal" doctrine which was applied to public facilities in the first half of the 20th century. http://www.mht.maryland.gov/nr/NRDetail.aspx?HDID=1125&COUNTY=Anne%20Arundel&FROM=NRCountyList.aspx?COUNTY=Anne%20Arundel

Mission: The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc will honor and give substance to the contributions of the founder, faculty, staff and students of Wiley H. Bates High School, which operated for over thirty years as the only high school for African American students in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. The historical, cultural and educational center will collect, preserve present, interpret and make available for research its holdings in order to provide insight and perspective on the roles of education, economic opportunity and service for African American citizens of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Located in what was once a segregated community, this nonprofit institution will serve as a touchstone for understanding and renewal for the area.

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Get the Facts about the REAL ID on October 30, 2019 – Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

Get the facts!!!!

What is REAL ID?

The REAL ID Act is a federal law passed by Congress after Sept. 11, 2001, that establishes specific minimum federal standards for state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards to be accepted for specific federal purposes, like entering a federal building or boarding a domestic commercial flight. Enforcement of the REAL ID Act at the card level begins on October 1, 2020. Maryland has been Real ID compliant since 2011.

Please join us for workshop and information sessions on REAL ID.

#Realid

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Help Wanted:  The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc. is currently searching for a part-time Office Manager to run and co...
09/08/2019
BLC Part-time Office Manager Search – Application deadline September 15, 2019 – Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

Help Wanted: The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc. is currently searching for a part-time Office Manager to run and coordinate the historic Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center office. The Center is the repository of the Wiley H. Bates High School and the community legacy that at one time served all of Anne Arundel County. Please find a copy of the job description attached below.

To Apply: Please mail your complete resume to Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc., 1101 Smithville Street, Unit T-17, Annapolis, MD. 21401 Attn: Ms. Edith Knight.

https://whbateslegacycenter.org/blc-part-time-office-manager-search-application-deadline-september-15-2019/

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Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. - ACDS
06/21/2019

Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. - ACDS

Today, ACDS Executive Director Kathleen Koch and Lisa Mondoro, from The Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, led a group of elected officials and community leaders from West County on a tour of the Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park in Annapolis, as momentum grows for the development of a regional Boys & Girls Club and Senior Center to serve Severn communities. The County and Local Development Council have included a combined $4 million in the FY2020 budget for this effort!

Once the County’s only school serving African American high school students, the complex was an incredibly important part of the County’s African American community when it fell into disrepair in the 1980s. In 2006, working with the community, ACDS led a $27 million renovation of the complex, which now includes a Boys and Girls Club, County Senior Center, senior affordable apartments, community ballfields, and the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc.

Learn more about the Legacy of Wiley H. Bates here: https://acdsinc.org/bates-high-school-redevelopment/

Councilwoman Sarah F. Lacey Delegate J. Sandy Bartlett #BatesLegacy #AACounty #Community #BoysandGirlsClubs

06/09/2019
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The Board of Directors, Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

The church Rally is this Sunday, June 9, 2019 beginning at 2 pm. See flyer below for more information.
06/09/2019

The church Rally is this Sunday, June 9, 2019 beginning at 2 pm. See flyer below for more information.

April 7, "Bates, Center of Excellence: Memories of Bates Teachers" will appear on DCTV! Don't miss it!Part 15:29 PM on F...
04/07/2019

April 7, "Bates, Center of Excellence: Memories of Bates Teachers" will appear on DCTV! Don't miss it!
Part 1
5:29 PM on FOCUS
9:29 PM on FOCUS
Part 2
5:59 PM on FOCUS
9:59 PM on FOCUS
https://t.co/Bfpa6P3ZdC
#education #blackhistory
@FourRiversHA @YourDCTV #teachers @NAACPMD https://t.co/VbtOIFxdoj

“Bates, Center of Excellence: Memories of Bates Teachers” will appear on DCTV!


This documentary was created by the Kunta Kinte – Alex Haley Foundation as part of its ongoing effort to promote legacy endeavors in the city of Annapolis and throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The documentary is based on the reflections and recounting of memories from interviews of 15 former teachers of Bates High School. It tells the story of Bates from the prospective of educators who had firsthand experiences in teaching at this secondary school prior to the integration of public schools in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in the mid-1960s. Wiley H. Bates, the only high school for African-Americans in the era of segregation, remains a source of honor and pride for generations of city and county residents.

The airing schedule is below.

Bates Center of Excellence Pt 1
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 6:59 AM on FOCUS
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 9:29 AM on FOCUS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 4:29 PM on FOCUS
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 5:29 PM on FOCUS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 8:29 PM on FOCUS
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 9:29 PM on FOCUS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:59 AM on FOCUS
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 1:29 AM on FOCUS

Bates Center of Excellence Pt 2
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:29 AM on FOCUS
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 5:59 PM on FOCUS
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 9:59 PM on FOCUS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 2:29 AM on FOCUS

April 7, "Bates, Center of Excellence: Memories of Bates Teachers" will appear on DCTV! Don't miss it!Part 15:29 PM on F...
04/07/2019

April 7, "Bates, Center of Excellence: Memories of Bates Teachers" will appear on DCTV! Don't miss it!
Part 1
5:29 PM on FOCUS
9:29 PM on FOCUS
Part 2
5:59 PM on FOCUS
9:59 PM on FOCUS
https://t.co/Bfpa6P3ZdC
#education #blackhistory
@FourRiversHA @YourDCTV #teachers @NAACPMD https://t.co/VbtOIFxdoj

“Bates, Center of Excellence: Memories of Bates Teachers” will appear on DCTV!


This documentary was created by the Kunta Kinte – Alex Haley Foundation as part of its ongoing effort to promote legacy endeavors in the city of Annapolis and throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The documentary is based on the reflections and recounting of memories from interviews of 15 former teachers of Bates High School. It tells the story of Bates from the prospective of educators who had firsthand experiences in teaching at this secondary school prior to the integration of public schools in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in the mid-1960s. Wiley H. Bates, the only high school for African-Americans in the era of segregation, remains a source of honor and pride for generations of city and county residents.

The airing schedule is below.

Bates Center of Excellence Pt 1
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 6:59 AM on FOCUS
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 9:29 AM on FOCUS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 4:29 PM on FOCUS
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 5:29 PM on FOCUS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 8:29 PM on FOCUS
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 9:29 PM on FOCUS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:59 AM on FOCUS
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 1:29 AM on FOCUS

Bates Center of Excellence Pt 2
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:29 AM on FOCUS
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 5:59 PM on FOCUS
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 9:59 PM on FOCUS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 2:29 AM on FOCUS

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“Bates, Center of Excellence: Memories of Bates Teachers” will appear on DCTV!


This documentary was created by the Kunta Kinte – Alex Haley Foundation as part of its ongoing effort to promote legacy endeavors in the city of Annapolis and throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The documentary is based on the reflections and recounting of memories from interviews of 15 former teachers of Bates High School. It tells the story of Bates from the prospective of educators who had firsthand experiences in teaching at this secondary school prior to the integration of public schools in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in the mid-1960s. Wiley H. Bates, the only high school for African-Americans in the era of segregation, remains a source of honor and pride for generations of city and county residents.

The airing schedule is below.

Bates Center of Excellence Pt 1
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 6:59 AM on FOCUS
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 9:29 AM on FOCUS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 4:29 PM on FOCUS
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 5:29 PM on FOCUS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 8:29 PM on FOCUS
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 9:29 PM on FOCUS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:59 AM on FOCUS
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 1:29 AM on FOCUS

Bates Center of Excellence Pt 2
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:29 AM on FOCUS
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 5:59 PM on FOCUS
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 9:59 PM on FOCUS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 2:29 AM on FOCUS

Dear Class of 1962!Our Class is sponsoring an Art Show, "The Artists Among Us" at the Bates Legacy Center on May 18th, 3...
03/30/2019

Dear Class of 1962!

Our Class is sponsoring an Art Show, "The Artists Among Us" at the Bates Legacy Center on May 18th, 3 to 6:00 PM. The show will feature work by our talented classmates Everett Whitehead, Delphine Siggers, Williams, Walter Queen, Joyce McLaughlin and Betty Davis Edwards. Plus two other Bates graduates, Clinton (Clay) Hunt and George Trotter. To top it off, there will be a surprise unveiling of a portrait of one of our favorite Bates teachers. Some pieces may be purchased! Wine and light fare will be served.

This is the BIG class event for the spring so we hope and expect to see your proud faces in the crowd! I have attached a printable version of the Flier. Please feel free to distribute copies at your church and in your community.

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03/29/2019
Maryland Day Celebration in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

Check us out this month during Maryland Day Weekend: Experience It! March 29-31 https://t.co/uMBMh9qWNa
#Annapolis #museum
#Maryland #familyfun #blackhistory

Maryland Day 2019 Weekend Celebration in Annapolis , London Town, and southern Anne Arundel County. All events Free or just $1. A great weekend of family friendly events for everyone to enjoy as y…

03/17/2019
Writer's Haven Show with V. Helena (S4:E6) - Bates Center of Excellence Pt 2

This is Pt 2 of this 2 part documentary.

This is the first in our Black History Film series
showcase! We are showcasing the documentary, Bates Center of Excellence, produced by the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation in #Annapolis, MD.

It is the story of #BatesHighSchool, the first HS
for African Americans in Anne Arundel County,
MD as told by 15 educators who speak of the
challenges and triumphs in teaching during the
integration of public schools in the mid-1960s.
For more information about the film series, visit our website at www.writershavenshow.com.

https://youtu.be/T9zUNv8V4oM

This is the first in our Black History Film series showcase! We are showcasing the documentary, Bates Center of Excellence, produced by the Kunta Kinte-Alex ...

03/17/2019
Writer's Haven Show with V. Helena (S4:E6) - Bates Center of Excellence Pt 2

This is Pt 2 of this 2 part documentary.

This is the first in our Black History Film series
showcase! We are showcasing the documentary, Bates Center of Excellence, produced by the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation in #Annapolis, MD.

It is the story of #BatesHighSchool, the first HS
for African Americans in Anne Arundel County,
MD as told by 15 educators who speak of the
challenges and triumphs in teaching during the
integration of public schools in the mid-1960s.
For more information about the film series, visit our website at www.writershavenshow.com.

https://youtu.be/T9zUNv8V4oM

This is the first in our Black History Film series showcase! We are showcasing the documentary, Bates Center of Excellence, produced by the Kunta Kinte-Alex ...

Check us out and other African American historical sites around the Downtown Annapolis such as the Banneker-Douglass Mus...
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Check us out and other African American historical sites around the Downtown Annapolis such as the Banneker-Douglass Museum, Brewer Hill Cemetery Association, Inc., the Frederick Douglass exhibit at the Taylor Office Building across from the Maryland State House, and more during Maryland Day Weekend: Experience It March 29-31, 2019. Details at www.marylandday.org

#Annapolis #museum
#Maryland #familyfun #blackhistory

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The SOUL of Annapolis!

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The Arundel Patriot

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Black History 101 Mobile Museum
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Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Thank you NPR and the University of Wyoming for the great coverage of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum's visit to Laramie.

We are currently scheduling dates for late spring, summer, and fall. If you are interested in having the Black History 101 Mobile Museum visit your K-12 school, college/university, cultural institution, religious institution, government agency, professional development workshop, conference, or festival, please send inquiries to [email protected].

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03/02/2019

This is the first in our Black History Film series showcase! We are showcasing the documentary, Bates Center of Excellence, produced by the Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley Foundation in #Annapolis, MD. It is the story of #BatesHighSchool, the first HS for African Americans in Anne Arundel County, MD as told by 15 educators who speak of the challenges and triumphs in teaching during the integration of public schools in the mid-1960s. This is Pt 1 of this 2 part documentary. For more information about the film series, visit our website at www.writershavenshow.com

https://youtu.be/mUMxVaFFz7s

03/01/2019
HISTORY: The Legacy of Wiley H. Bates in Annapolis

Jamie visited the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center to learn more about one of the most prominent African American businessman and community leader in Annapolis, MD.
#BlackHistoryMonth
#education #HistoricPreservation #nonprofit @NAACPMD @eyeonannapolis
https://annapolisdiscovered.com/the-legacy-of-wiley-h-bates-in-annapolis/
https://t.co/JgpV0tNw5w

Jamie visits the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center to learn more about one of the most prominent African American businessman and community leader in Annapolis.

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1101 Smithville St
Annapolis, MD
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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 trustee for eight years. In the late 1920’s 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 on 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, his grave being 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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