The Friends of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization founded in March 1985 to support and ensure the development of the historical park and museum in cooperation with the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. At the request of local historians, The Friends, and community leaders, Baltimore County purchased the lands that had formerly been the Banneker homestead. On June 9, 1998, Baltimore County joined with The Friends and other guests at a ribbon cutting ceremony where the Park and Museum were dedicated. In June of 2018, the Friends and Museum celebrated its twentieth anniversary.
The mission of The Friends of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, Inc. is to provide well-researched educational, historical, and cultural programs and exhibits regarding the life of Benjamin Banneker.
Additionally, The Friends endeavor to contribute to the public’s understanding of the factual aspects of Benjamin Banneker’s life and times, and to preserve his African American historic legacy through archaeology, interpretive trails, events, and museum exhibits.
The Friends of Benjamin Banneker Board includes dedicated corporate, government, and nonprofit community leaders who are passionate about the conservation and preservation of the history of Benjamin Banneker and museum artifacts.