Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & CultureReginald

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The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture is Maryland's largest museum focused on the state's African-American history and culture, as well as nationally, and on the African diaspora. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum offers a permanent collection, rotating special exhibitions, a resource center, as well as programs such as a film series, a recurring open mic night, live music series, and family programming. The 82,000 square-foot facility also houses a museum cafe' serving soul food, a classroom, meeting spaces, and a theater.Collections & ExhibitionsThe Reginald F. Lewis Museum tells stories of perseverance, triumph and celebration through its permanent collection. The rich contributions of African American Marylanders and is divided into three galleries:Building Maryland, Building America: Labor and the Black Experience GalleryThe gallery explores the extraordinary economic accomplishments of African Americans, from tobacco and ironworking to education and law, often achieved against incredible odds. The exhibits explains how ancient African skills influenced laborers in Maryland. Visitors are invited to learn about the first black trade union and to try their hand at some of the most difficult occupations, including operating oyster tongs.Things Hold, Lines Connect: African American Families and Communities in Maryland GalleryThis gallery explores the role of family and community in giving African Americans strength and connection. Visitors can learn about several Maryland families and follow their lives from slavery to freedom and equality. There are exhibits on Maryland icons such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.The Strength of the Mind: Black Art and Intellect GalleryThis gallery showcases how African American traditions of music, art, sculpture, storytelling and invention have influenced American culture. Maryland figures such as Benjamin Banneker, Eubie Blake, and Joyce Scott are highlighted.

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830 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD
21202

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