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Awards & Fellowships

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Select Awards & Fellowships


  • Recipient of the John Kinnard SEMC JIMI Fellowship, 2018 for Museum Management Intensive

  • Recipient of the Benjamin Quarles Graduate Research Fellowship, MSU, 2016

  • Inaugural 2016 Recipient of a Fellowship to earn Interpretation Certification from the Smithsonian
    National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), NAI, and AAAM 

  • Recipient of the Maryland Historical Trust 2015, Maryland Preservation Award for Excellence in Programs and Exhibition

  • Recipient of the Maryland Historical Society 2015 Wing Fellowship

  • Recipient of the MSU Department of History & Geography 2015 Isabel McConnell Memorial Fellowship

  • Two-time Recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Past Forward 2014 and 2015 Diversity Fellowship

  • Recognition for Successful Applications of the NPS National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, 2014, 2015 

  • Recipient of the 2014 Regional Alpha Kappa Alpha Excellence in Educational Advancement Award

  • Recipient of Toastmasters International District, Local, and Club Levels Champion, Public Speaker Awards, 2000

Spirit of Excellence


Dr. Barnes has received recognition for her spirit of excellence from many organizations--local to national.

Moreover, her scholarship and community engagement projects have received funding support to take her work from idea to fruition. Most recently, she was successful in obtaining a national grant in the amount of a quarter million dollars from the Institute for Museums and Library Services for capacity building and curriculum development at the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum. She maintains a high success rate in grant writing obtaining operational support for Hosanna School Museum for $45k and $100k for restoration the historic Freedmen's Bureau school,, Mccomas Institue, to name a few.

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