The Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery is a historic cultural gem in one of Montgomery County Maryland’s most historical cities (Sandy Spring, MD). For more than twenty years, Dr. Winston Anderson, the museum's founder, has pursued his goal of displaying the most significant African and African American contributions in the building of America’s history.
Though The Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery museum’s location is not as convenient to some visitors as Washington, DC’s Smithsonian museums with a similar mission, it is perfectly situated on land previously owned for centuries by descendants of slaves provided by Sandy Spring white Quakers during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
The shady acre lot on Brooke Road in Sandy Spring is home to structures, statues, and a museum building that focuses on the historic heritage of Blacks and is symbolic of struggles that began with the origins and forced migration from Africa to the Americas. Inside the Arts Pavilion, one of the structures on the museum grounds is a collection of instruments, textiles, furniture and other artifacts from across the worldwide African Diaspora. The historic and very beautiful Pavilion was built in 1994 to honor Nelson Mandela and the Ndebele tribe of South Africa. The Pavilion’s design mimics the polygonal shape of huts still used today by the Ndebele tribe in Africa today. The stained glass panels bridge old world and new world artistic expressions which Dr. Anderson himself created and designed which is very impressive