Lou Fields is the co-founder and President of the African American Tourism Council of MD, Inc.  Working with co-founder the late Steven Pace, Errol E. Brown, Sr. and other supporters, since 1996 the Council serves as a nonprofit, educational and tourism advocacy organization which has been active in the preservation and tourism community.  The Council’s mission “is to educate research, preserve, protect and promote Maryland’s African American History & Culture as a vital and beneficial product as part of the Baltimore/Maryland tourism industry.”


Lou Fields is also the founder and first president of the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce (2005-2008) and the Black Dollar Exchange (2010).


The Council provides services to communities, organizations and public entities that are in need of research assistance and information services.  Services include referrals and development assistance in history, heritage tourism & preservation, program development, funding sources, lectures, exhibits, and special events such as dedications and tributes about notable and unknown Marylanders.  Through the Council’s tourism division we provide heritage tours across Maryland, including the popular Frederick Douglass Path to Freedom Walking Tour in historic Fells Point Baltimore, Maryland.


In his third book titled the Maryland Black Facts Book, you will find useful information and items for discussion and further research to assist students and adults to become better acquainted with the African American Experience in the State of Maryland.


The Council’s projects include


  • A TASTE of SOUL, a charm city culinary tourism initiative
  • Legacy in Racing VIP Reception, Grand Prix of Baltimore
  • Leon Day Negro League Park
  • Royal Theater Monument on Historic Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Frederick Douglass Historic Trail, Tour and Markers in Fell Point
  • Harriet Ross Tubman Day - State of Maryland [March 10th]
  • Maryland Black Writers Guild
  • Buffalo Soldier Day in MD [February 20th]
  • African American Historic Society of Western MD
  • Maryland Underground Railroad Coalition, National UGRR gatherings.
  • Maryland Black Tourism Network
  • Greater Baltimore of Black Chambers of Commerce
  • Mid-Atlantic African American Tourism Summit (MAAATS)
  • Black Dollar Exchange


Awards of Recognition


  • Awards of Recognition…
  • 2015 Underground Railroad Leadership Award, UGRR Free Press
  • 2013 Apex Travel & Tourism Award for Distinguished Service
  • SBA – Maryland Minority Small Business Champion of the Year Award, May 20, 2011
  • NAACP Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award, October 26, 2010
  • Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce- Founder’s Award, May 28, 2009
  • Keeper of the Flame Award – A Good Black Man, Inc., July 15, 2007
  • Distinguished Black Marylander Award-Towson University, February 2002
  • Maryland African American Heritage Preservation Award, October 6, 2006
  • International UGRR Network to Freedom Award, March 11, 2000
  • Outstanding Achievement & Community Service Award-Balt City Community College, April 28, 2007
  • Community Service Recognition-Unv. of Maryland – Baltimore County
  • Outstanding Citizen Award-Flair Modeling Agency, June 1, 2003
  • Outstanding Advocate Award-Blacks in Baseball,
  • Mayoral Citation Awards from Mayors DuBurns, Schmoke, O’Malley, Rawlings-Blake
  • Citizen Awards for tourism and preservation Governors’ Glendening, Erhlich, Gov. O’Malley
  • Congressional Citation from Congressman Elijah Cummings, City of Salisbury
  • Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Baltimore City Council, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Frederick


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