Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

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Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center


The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center and Memorial are part of a $27 million dollar complex called The Wiley H. 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 (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 It is a unique cultural arts heritage center displaying historical documents and collections that preserve the African American experience.

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Hours : Wednesday—Friday, 10 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Weekends by appointment.

Telephone: (410) 263-1860
Address: 1101 Smithville Street,
Annapolis, MD 21401

Virtual Experiences:

The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center’s video gallery shares information about the Center’s programs and history, as well as highlights on the documentary film, “Bates, Center of Excellence: Memories of Bates’ Teachers.”


Learn more about the history on their Website




African American Heritage, Virtual Experiences