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About Us

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center 


The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center and Memorial Courtyard is the centerpiece of the $27 million dollar complex called The Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park which opened in a public celebration on  September 8,  2006. The Legacy Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Wiley H. Bates High School, formerly (1932 to 1966) the only high school for African Americans in Anne Arundel County. It is a unique cultural arts heritage center displaying historical documents and collections that preserve the African American experience.

Services We Offer

Schools & Churches
Non-Profit Organizations
Professional Services
e-Commerce Stores

Our Leadership

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Dr. Linda Boyd
Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Chairman
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Edith M. Knight
Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Vice-Chairman
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Joseph Butler
Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Treasurer
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Cynthia Caldwell
Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Secretary

 Our  Mission Statement

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. This 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 citizens of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and other jurisdictions.  Located in  what was once a segregated community, this nonprofit institution will serve as a touchstone for understanding and supporting diversity and continual renewal for the community.