Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Reginald F. Lewis Museum The state’s premier institution highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans, with a special focus on Maryland.

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is the state’s premier institution highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans, with a special focus on Maryland. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, resource center, as well as programs such as its film series, live music performances, and family programming.

Opening October 26th, our new special exhibition, titled “Elizabeth Catlett: Artist as Activist.”Catlett, a sculptor and...
06/21/2019

Opening October 26th, our new special exhibition, titled “Elizabeth Catlett: Artist as Activist.”

Catlett, a sculptor and printmaker, is widely considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century. Her work blends art and social consciousness to confront the most disturbing injustices against African Americans. She is best known for her work during the 1960s and 70s, when she created politically charged, black expressionist sculptures and prints. More than 30 of her thought-provoking prints and sculptures will be on display in our special exhibition gallery.

#ComingSoon #MeetMeAtTheLewis #TheLewis #ElizabethCatlett #ArtistAsActivist #NewExhibition #UpcomingExhibition #ArtAsActivism

Image: Sharecropper (1952) by Elizabeth Catlett // © Catlett Mora Family Trust / VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

06/19/2019
Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in America

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: #Juneteenth (June 19) is the nationwide celebration of the emancipation of slavery in the United States. But why is it today? How did the celebrations begin? Why does Juneteenth matter?

The Lewis’ Director of Education and Visitors Services, Damika Baker, sat down with WMAR-2 News Baltimore to discuss the holiday’s origins and legacy. Click the video below to learn more about Freedom Day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJWkuEhZiH8

#FreedomDay #Juneteenth #BlackHistory #EmancipationDay #TheLewis #HistoryMatters

Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in America

06/19/2019
WYPR

LIVE at #TheLewis!

“Midday” is live from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for a special broadcast about reparations.

Our guests are:

Dr. Ray Winbush, a research professor and the director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.

ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a founding member of the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.

Adjoa A. Aiyetoro, Professor Emerita at the William H. Bowen School of Law, and a founding member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations.

Happy Juneteenth! Every year, June 19 is celebrated as the anniversary of the complete emancipation of slavery in the Un...
06/19/2019
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Happy Juneteenth! Every year, June 19 is celebrated as the anniversary of the complete emancipation of slavery in the United States.

Today is also the day that a hearing regarding slave reparations is presented before a House committee. To find out more about what this could mean, tune into WYPR's Midday with Tom Hall TODAY AT 12 NOON to listen to a panel discussion live from #TheLewis! Panel experts include:

- Dr. Ray Winbush, Research professor and director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.

- Adjoa A. Aiyetoro, Prof. Emerita at the William H. Bowen School of Law and a founding member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations (N’COBRA).

- E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, and a founding faculty member of the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.

Can't stream it? Listen in https://www.wypr.org/ TODAY AT 12! #ListenLive #Juneteenth #WYPR #Baltimore #Reparations #HR40 #ReparationsHearing

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Mark your calendars NOW for The Lewis’ annual gala on Saturday, November 9! The evening will feature art, entertainment,...
06/19/2019

Mark your calendars NOW for The Lewis’ annual gala on Saturday, November 9! The evening will feature art, entertainment, dancing, a multi-course dinner, cocktails, a cigar lounge, jazz music and SO MUCH MORE. You can’t miss Maryland's largest gathering in support of African American history and culture!

#SaveTheDate #MeetMeAtTheLewis #TheLewisGala #NightAtTheMuseum #TheLewis #CantMissIt

A special film presentation of DARK CITY BENEATH THE BEAT comes to #TheLewis on Friday, June 28!⠀⠀This musical documenta...
06/18/2019

A special film presentation of DARK CITY BENEATH THE BEAT comes to #TheLewis on Friday, June 28!⠀

This musical documentary highlights the rise of Baltimore club music & dance culture while re-imagining the narrative of the city. Explore the vibrant and close knit community for the arts through it’s homegrown sound Baltimore club music.⠀

Click here to purchase tickets online: https://urlzs.com/7PMNz

Venroy July, a member of our Board of Directors, just had an article published in Black Enterprise. Titled "Making Oppor...
06/18/2019
Making Opportunity Zones Work for Black Communities - Black Enterprise

Venroy July, a member of our Board of Directors, just had an article published in Black Enterprise. Titled "Making Opportunity Zones Work for Black Communities", the article discusses recent proposed changes to the federal Opportunity Zone program, and strategies for black communities. Congratulations, Venroy!

https://www.blackenterprise.com/making-opportunity-zones-work-for-black-communities/

Through creativity and collective action, black investors and social entrepreneurs can make use of the most favorable aspects of Opportunity Zones.

Baltimore’s Roland Freeman found his calling at a young age. Inspired by the work of Depression-era photographers, Gordo...
06/17/2019

Baltimore’s Roland Freeman found his calling at a young age. Inspired by the work of Depression-era photographers, Gordon Parks and Roy DeCarava, Freeman built his career documenting the civil rights movement throughout the country in the 1960s. It was through this work he found his true passion in documenting Southern folk culture.

As a gift to the museum, Freeman has donated more than 100 of his historical photographs of Baltimore’s Arabbers – once a staple in every Baltimore neighborhood. Come to #TheLewis to explore photos of this bygone era in our Lewis Now! Gallery ONLY UNTIL AUGUST 4!

#MeetMeAtTheLewis #LewisNow #ClosingSoon #ExhibitionClosing #BlackInspiration #BlackArtists #BaltimorePhotographers #BaltimoreCity #Bmore

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is pleased and honored to congratulate long-time friend and colleague, Lonnie Bunch III, as...
06/15/2019

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is pleased and honored to congratulate long-time friend and colleague, Lonnie Bunch III, as he assumes his new position today as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian - the first African American to hold this leadership role in its 173-year history.

An educator and historian, Bunch is the founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as well as the author of more than a dozen books on history, race and museum scholarship. In his new role, he will be responsible for steering the direction and driving growth for the Smithsonian as well as overseeing the daily operations of all of its libraries, museums and the National Zoo. We look forward to Lonnie's new vision for the Smithsonian! Congratulations!

#HistoryintheMaking #SmithsonianAffiliate #BlackHistory #OurHistory

Art scholars and historians consider the quilts hand-created in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, as American masterpieces. Geometric...
06/14/2019

Art scholars and historians consider the quilts hand-created in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, as American masterpieces. Geometric and bold, what makes them unique is both their complexity and simplicity. Uninhibited by the norms of fine or folk art, the quiltmakers have been guided by a faith in personal vision; most of them start with basic forms and then create unexpected patterns, unusual colors and surprising rhythms.

Experience four of these textile masterpieces from Gee’s Bend in our special exhibition, Linda Day Clark: The Gee’s Bend Photographs until September 1! #MeetMeAtTheLewis #BaltimorePhotography #GeesBend #Quilts #QuiltMakers #LindaDayClark

In June 1963, the town of Cambridge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore was a powder keg.  The African American residents of the...
06/13/2019

In June 1963, the town of Cambridge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore was a powder keg. The African American residents of the town spent more than a year demonstrating against the town’s segregation with no success. When non-violent youth activists Dwight Cromwell and Dinez White were arrested and given indefinite jail sentences, the residents took to the streets. Their march, met by white counter-protesters, resulted in violent clashes that lasted from June 11 through the 13th.

The response to this uprising was swift. The National Guard was called in to control the situation. It was there that this iconic photo of civil rights leader, Gloria Richardson, was taken. Richardson led and organized the initial protests and kept fighting during Cambridge’s yearlong National Guard occupation. #StrongWomen #CambridgeRiots #OTD #TodayinBlackHistory

On this day in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court reached the landmark decision to strike down all state laws banning interrac...
06/12/2019

On this day in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court reached the landmark decision to strike down all state laws banning interracial marriage. The case, known as Loving vs. Virginia, was brought by married couple, Mildred and Richard Loving. Although their marriage was performed legally in Washington, D.C., it was illegal in their home state of Virginia. Once the couple returned home they were arrested and later banned from the state. With the help of the ACLU, their case reached the Court and it was decided unanimously in their favor.

Today we honor their fight and celebrate their legacy. #NationalLovingDay #LoveWins #LovingDay #OTD #TodayinBlackHistory

Congratulations to Baltimore's own André De Shields for winning best actor in a musical at this year's Tony Awards! The ...
06/11/2019

Congratulations to Baltimore's own André De Shields for winning best actor in a musical at this year's Tony Awards!

The West Baltimore native got his start at the city's Royal Theater and now can be found in Broadway's Hadestown.

#Congratulations #TonyAwards2019 #BaltimoresBest

WYPR’s Tom Hall is coming to #TheLewis for a special Juneteenth edition of Midday. For more than 150 years, our nation h...
06/10/2019
Midday on Juneteenth: LIVE from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

WYPR’s Tom Hall is coming to #TheLewis for a special Juneteenth edition of Midday. For more than 150 years, our nation has grappled with the question of reparatory justice for African-American descendants of slaves. Scholars, legislators and several Democratic presidential candidates have been vocal about the need to confront slavery’s legacy of socio-economic inequality.

Tom Hall will moderate an expert panel discussion that explores who would qualify, what form they might take and who would decide. Join us at the museum to be a part of the listening audience on Wednesday, June 19.

Free event, registration is required. Click here to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/midday-on-juneteenth-live-from-the-reginald-f-lewis-museum-tickets-63010721765

Midday on Juneteenth: Live from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture Reparations: Can America Atone for the Sin of Slavery? Tom Hall moderates a panel of guests including Dr. Ray Winbush of Morgan State University. Since the end of the Civil War, our nation h...

Can’t make it to the museum? Our extensive collection of artifacts is just a click away. Explore more than 1,000 objects...
06/09/2019

Can’t make it to the museum? Our extensive collection of artifacts is just a click away. Explore more than 1,000 objects, documents, artworks and photographs with our Online Collections Portal.

Take a closer look at Maryland African American history from 1784 to the present day. Click here to see it all: https://lewismuseum.org/support/permanentcollection/

#TheLewis #MeetMeAtTheLewis

Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. Bruce D. Edwards, author of “The 14 Virtues of a Good ...
06/07/2019

Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. Bruce D. Edwards, author of “The 14 Virtues of a Good Father,” comes to The Lewis TOMORROW to discuss the impact of a strong father figure on the lives of children. Stay for a book signing after the discussion.

Free with museum admission. RSVP by clicking here: https://lewismuseum.org/event/author-talk-the-14-virtues-of-the-good-father-with-bruce-d-edwards/

#MeetMeAtTheLewis #Fatherhood #BlackFatherhood #TheLewis

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the day where more than 150,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy...
06/06/2019

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the day where more than 150,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in the largest air, land and sea battle in history. As you can imagine, those who survived that fateful day were longing to hear from their loved ones back home.

Enter the Six Triple Eight – the only battalion of all African American women who served overseas. Their motto was “No mail, no morale” and they were tasked with processing and delivering mail to the troops. Each shift processed about 65,000 pieces of mail!

Learn more about them on June 30 during our screening of Six Triple Eight, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s producer and cast. Click here to RSVP! https://lewismuseum.org/event/film-the-six-triple-eight-70-minutes/


#MeetMeAtTheLewis #DDayAnniversary #BlackHistory #WWIIHistory #TheLewis #HistoryMatters

06/05/2019
Dark City Beneath The Beat Trailer

A special screening of DARK CITY BENEATH THE BEAT comes to #TheLewis on Friday, June 28!

This musical documentary highlights the rise of Baltimore club music & dance culture while re-imagining the narrative of the city. Explore the vibrant and close knit community for the arts through it’s homegrown sound Baltimore club music.

The screening will be preceded by a mixer from Bmore Than Dance and followed with a panel discussion and closing performance.

Watch the documentary trailer below and get your tickets here:
https://urlzs.com/bHYUP

Rhythmic and raw, Dark City Beneath The Beat is a musical, documentary reimagining the narrative of Baltimore City through its home grown sound known as Baltimore…

Born in Baltimore, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was a poet and author devoted to women's suffrage and the pursuit of equ...
06/04/2019

Born in Baltimore, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was a poet and author devoted to women's suffrage and the pursuit of equal rights, job opportunities and education for African American women.

Along with Frederick Douglass and other reformers, Frances founded the American Woman Suffrage Association in contrast to Susan B. Anthony's National Woman Suffrage Association. As she said in her now infamous speech, that fates of black and white, rich and poor women were “all bound up together." Frances died nine years before the passing of the 19th amendment.

#19thAt100 #BlackWomensHistory #100YearsAgo #WomensHistory #BlackHistory

A century ago today, Congress passed the #19thAmendment - granting women the right to vote. Many Maryland African Americ...
06/04/2019

A century ago today, Congress passed the #19thAmendment - granting women the right to vote. Many Maryland African American women championed the right for women to vote - during a time where doing so could incite violence and abuse.

Augusta T. Chissell lived and worked in Baltimore City's Druid Hill neighborhood. A leader of the Colored Women’s Suffrage Club, she continued the fight even after the amendment passed to educate and activate new women voters by authoring "A Primer for Women Voters" in the Baltimore Afro-American. Later she became the Vice President of the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP.

#19thAt100 #BlackWomensHistory #100YearsAgo #WomensHistory #BlackHistory

06/03/2019
the sixTripleEight movie _a Documentary _ 6888th postal battlion

In February 1945, the U.S. Army sent 855 black women from the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the Six Triple Eight, was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII.

Come to #TheLewis on Sunday, June 30 to hear their story. We will screen the documentary Six Triple Eight, followed by a post film discussion with the doc’s producer and cast.

#HistoryComesAlive #HistoryAtTheLewis #TheLewis #FilmScreening #MeetMeAtTheLewis

https://vimeo.com/314562384 - Trailer

the sixTripleEight movie _a Documentary 6888th postal battlion

SAVE THE DATE: Our annual gala - A Night at the Museum - is on Saturday, November 9. Experience Maryland's largest leade...
06/02/2019

SAVE THE DATE: Our annual gala - A Night at the Museum - is on Saturday, November 9. Experience Maryland's largest leadership gathering in support of African American history and culture!

The fall's can't-miss event includes art, entertainment, dancing, haute cuisine and even a few surprises. Mark your calendars now and watch this space to get all the details! #SaveTheDate #MeetMeAtTheLewis #TheLewisGala #NightAtTheMuseum #TheLewis #CantMissIt

Baltimore artist Linda Day Clark began photographing the Gee’s Bend community in 2002 as a freelance photographer for Th...
06/01/2019

Baltimore artist Linda Day Clark began photographing the Gee’s Bend community in 2002 as a freelance photographer for The New York Times. She continues to return to Gee’s Bend as a documentary photographer, capturing the life of this rural community and the African American quilters.

Don't miss this intimate look at the traditional patchwork quilts - using the same methods as their ancestors hundreds of years ago. Closing September 1!

#MeetMeAtTheLewis #GeesBend #LindaDayClark #SpecialExhibit #Quilts #Quilters #BaltimorePhotographer

The countdown to summer is on! Take a staycation at #TheLewis this June. Save the dates to attend our special events, in...
05/31/2019

The countdown to summer is on! Take a staycation at #TheLewis this June. Save the dates to attend our special events, including…

*Saturday, June 1 @ 1 PM – Roundtable Discussion: Black Men & Fashion

*Thursday, June 6 @ 7 PM - Community Theater with Everyman Theatre: Queens Girl in the World

*Saturday, June 8 @ 1 PM - Author Talk: 14 Virtues of the Good Father feat. Bruce D. Edwards, JD, LLM

*Friday, June 28 @ 5:30 PM - Dark City: Beneath the Beat showing with dance mixer

*Sunday, June 30 @ 2 PM – Film Screening: The Six Triple Eight

Visit www.lewismuseum.org/events to get more info!

#MeetMeAtTheLewis #SchoolsOut #Staycation #SummerEvents #JuneEvents #MuseumEvents #MuseumProgramming #Educate

This Saturday #TheLewis, it's all about fashion. Creator & founder of II Magazine, Henry Edwards II, will be joined by c...
05/30/2019

This Saturday #TheLewis, it's all about fashion. Creator & founder of II Magazine, Henry Edwards II, will be joined by celebrity menswear stylist, Rachel Johnson - whose clients include Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick - and luxury brand strategist and marketing professor, Elaine Mensah. Free with museum admission; click the link below to RSVP!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversation-black-men-fashion-complimentary-with-museum-admission-tickets-59734859573

#MensFashion #BlackFashion #Fashion #MeetMeAtTheLewis #TheLewis

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830 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD
21202

Parking: Parking for museum visitors is located at the Old Bay Garage, directly across the street on the corner of Pratt and President Streets. Metered parking is also available along Albermarle Street and throughout Harbor East and Little Italy neighborhoods. Bus Lines: Bus #10 and Bus #7 stop within a block of the museum on Pratt St. Bus #11 stops two blocks south of the museum, on President St. Charm City Circulator: Orange Route (stop #201) and Green Route (stop #109) are within a block of the museum. Subway: Take the subway to the Shot Tower Station (East Baltimore). Follow Shot Tower exit area. At street level, walk two blocks south on President St. Museum is located on the left. Water Taxi: Take water taxi to Marriott Waterfront Hotel (Pier 6), walk three blocks north on President Street. Museum will be directly to your right across Pratt Street.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(443) 263-1800

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