A few words about us

Our mission: Engaging community, promoting progress, transforming lives through culture, history and awareness.

Founded in August 1987, by the late Mrs. Wylene Burch, The Howard County Center of African American Culture, Inc. is an independent, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of African American history and culture of Howard County, Maryland.

Founder, Wilene Burch

The late Mrs. Wylene Burch, Founder

HCCAAC Research Library

Research, Explore and Learn!

Located on the second floor of the Clark Library building at Howard Community College, the HCCAAC Research Library boast rich and diverse reference materials, posters, magazines, and books that tell the many stories that compose the African American experience in Howard County. Our librarians are happy to guide you to the resource that you want or introduce you to resources that you may not know exist. This library has a superb collection that will undoubtedly leave the visitor with new and exciting information.

Research Library and Archives

The Howard County Center of African American Culture (HCCAAC), Inc.’s Research Library and Archives has a growing collection of over 10,000 African American related books, periodicals, audio and video recordings and other resources.

The HCCAAC Research Library and Archives is committed to identifying expanding and preserving collections that offer students faculty staff and the general public the unique opportunity to appreciate, learn and research the rich history of African Americans. The HCCAAC Research Library and Archives, with over 10,000 books, archival center, extensive vertical file, and non-print media contributes to the educational cultural and research goals set forth by Howard community College. A new area of the archives that will be dedicated to housing materials relevant to slavery, the Underground Railroad, Reconstruction and native Howard County family and genealogical records is being planned.

Our Board

Mr. Anthony Cunningham

Board Member

Mrs. Mae Beale

Board Member

Mrs. Jean Lewis

Board Member

Ms. DeLace W. Burch

Board Member

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Website donated by: Wanda W. Garcia in memory of her mom, Sylvia Carter, a HCCAAC volunteer