Sotterley Plantation

Interior Slave Cabin

Baltimore Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (BAAHGS)

The Baltimore Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (BAAHGS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging study and research in history and genealogy. Membership is open to all ethnic groups and focuses on those with particular interest in African Americans. The diverse membership includes people of all ages, from all walks of life, working toward a common goal. Each one is looking for the ancestral tie that binds us all through the historic events that shape our present.

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogy Society, Inc. has been active in the Washington, D.C. area since 1977 and, in 1989, the Baltimore Chapter was chartered. The chapter was named in honor of Agnes Kane Callum in 2005, and she was a founding member of the chapter.

Our Founder

“They think it’s a white people’s
plantation (Sotterley)…but our roots are
here too, the Kane roots,
and the beautiful thing about
this historic place is that for once,
the slaves are included in the story.”

Agnes Kane Callum

agnes kane callum

Community Programs

THE LAUREL CEMETERY PROJECT
AFRICAN AMERICAN FUNERAL HOME RECORDS
Maryland State Archives and Baltimore City Archives
THE FREEDMENS’ BIBLE PROJECT
Exploring My Roots Project

Our Next Meeting

March 9
Agenda: BAAHGS Live and In Person*
Location: 1840s Building, 29 South Front Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Street parking is available.
Time: Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m.

*Bring your fully-charged laptop, notebook or phone for hands-on sharing of research techniques and insights.

Past meetings can be viewed on our Vimeo channel.