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.
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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.

06/10/2020
TEDxMidAtlantic

Professor Lester K. Spence, Ph.D is a great friend of #TheLewis. He wrote the historical and contextual panels for our recent exhibition, EMPOWERED! Black Action Figures, Superheroes and Collectibles.

During today's TEDxMidAtlantic lecture, Dr. Spence gathered Judy Lubin, PhD, MPH, Sociologist + Racial Justice Advocate at Center for Urban and Racial Equity (CURE), and Lawrence Brown, PhD, MPA, Visiting Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Population Health Institute to discuss the current state of Maryland and the nation for African Americans.

Listen in below.

The events of the last few weeks have been extraordinarily wrenching. The current pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black, minority, and poor communities. And continuous police violence against those same communities have caused many to finally reach a breaking point. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have outraged the world. It is well past time for meaningful change.

We have gathered three experts to share their current perspectives on how we got here, what we must do next, and the growing momentum towards racial equity. And they will be happy to hear your questions as well.

This live conversation is moderated by Prof. Lester Spence, Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University (and past TEDxMidAtlantic speaker). Joining him are Judy Lubin, PhD, MPH, Sociologist + Racial Justice Advocate at Center for Urban and Racial Equity (CURE), and Lawrence Brown, PhD, MPA, Visiting Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Population Health Institute.

DONATE YOUR PROTEST SIGNS: You are making history. Help the Lewis Museum document how you are fighting for change. If yo...
06/09/2020

DONATE YOUR PROTEST SIGNS: You are making history. Help the Lewis Museum document how you are fighting for change. If you have participated in the peaceful protests throughout the state, please consider donating the sign(s) you held to the Lewis Museum's permanent collection.

To donate, please leave your sign/s in the Lewis Museum's loading dock at 830 E. Pratt Street, The loading dock is located on the east side of President Street, just north of Pratt Street. For more details, please look in the comment section below.

If you'd like to donate your sign but cannot make it to the museum or would like more information, please contact Kaili Lockbeam at [email protected].

#SupportBlackMuseums #BeAPartOfHistory #BlackLivesMatter

❗️BREAKING NEWS:❗️ Our friends at Museum Hack have offered to match 100% of the donations we receive for the rest of 202...
06/08/2020

❗️BREAKING NEWS:❗️ Our friends at Museum Hack have offered to match 100% of the donations we receive for the rest of 2020 (up to $5,000). AND they will donate 125% of the cost of a Lewis Museum membership (beyond the $5,000 limit)! To donate, click here: http://bit.ly/DonateToTheLewis To become a member, click here: www.lewismuseum.org/membership.

To participate in the match, please send your receipts to [email protected].

We are beyond grateful for the support. Thank you, thank you, thank you! #SupportBlackMuseums #DonateToTheLewis

We may be temporarily closed, but we're still working behind the scenes on our new exhibition, Freedom Bound: Runaways o...
06/07/2020

We may be temporarily closed, but we're still working behind the scenes on our new exhibition, Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake.

Visitors to the exhibition will explore the stories and lives of real runaway slaves from the Maryland region. Here's a sneak peek at William Ross, a 14-year-old slave that escaped in 1814 in the midst of war with England. The mannequin is dressed in the clothes he was wearing when he escaped as described in his runaway newspaper ad.

#ComingSoon #MeetMeAtTheLewis #FreedomBound #MarylandHistory #BlackHistory #SupportBlackMuseums #SneakPeek

We are excited to announce that we have received funding from Institute of Museum and Library Services to produce an onl...
06/05/2020

We are excited to announce that we have received funding from Institute of Museum and Library Services to produce an online archive of interviews highlighting the significant achievements and everyday lives of African Americans in Maryland.

The project will reactivate our oral history studio and digitize 112 oral history interviews conducted between 2001-2002 as well as 50-75 new oral histories.

#ShareBlackStories #SupportBlackMuseums

Today at 3:45 PM ET, join the Lewis Museum in observing a moment of silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. If you can, pl...
06/04/2020

Today at 3:45 PM ET, join the Lewis Museum in observing a moment of silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. If you can, please stop everything, and take those moments to honor the life of George Floyd. #WeAreDoneDying

TONIGHT AT 5:30 P.M! We're celebrating the legacy of Baltimore jazz and the blues. We'll take you to Pennsylvania Avenue...
06/03/2020

TONIGHT AT 5:30 P.M! We're celebrating the legacy of Baltimore jazz and the blues. We'll take you to Pennsylvania Avenue in its heyday, explore the Baltimore connections of Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway and Bessie Smith and uncover the controversy around the first jazz record.

Hosted by Jacqueline Copeland, Lewis Museum Executive Director, and museum registrar, Kaili Lockbeam. Click here to sign up: https://bit.ly/2McFquY

#MeetMeAtTheLewis #ShareBlackStories #BlackHistory

#OnThisDay in 1863, Harriet Tubman became the first woman to lead a major military operation in the United States when s...
06/02/2020

#OnThisDay in 1863, Harriet Tubman became the first woman to lead a major military operation in the United States when she and 150 African American Union soldiers rescued more than 700 slaves during the Combahee Ferry Raid during the Civil War.

The Maryland-born Tubman was often referred to as “the Moses of her people."

#BlackHistoryMatters #BlackExcellence #BlackLivesMatter #MarylandHistory #BlackStoriesOfStrength

Once riding in old Baltimore,    Heart-filled, head-filled with glee,I saw a Baltimorean    Keep looking straight at me....
05/30/2020

Once riding in old Baltimore,
Heart-filled, head-filled with glee,
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me.

Now I was eight and very small,
And he was no whit bigger,
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me, "N*****."

I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until December;
Of all the things that happened there
That's all that I remember.

#OTD in 1903, poet Countee Cullen, was born - according to some sources - in Baltimore. Notoriously secretive about his life, we do know he was briefly married to Baltimore City teacher and native, Nina Yolande Du Bois, the daughter of W.E.B. DuBois.

This poem, titled "Incident," paints an ugly - yet accurate - portrait of Baltimore in the early 20th century. In his prose, Cullen expresses how the power of hate can blot out any good.

Cullen lived the rest of his life in New York City, contributing to the explosion of social, cultural, and artistic expression by African Americans now known as the Harlem Renaissance.

#OnThisDay #TodayinHistory #TodayinBlackHistory #BlackArtist #BlackLivesMatter

A statement from Jacqueline Copeland, Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, on the ongoing violence agains...
05/29/2020

A statement from Jacqueline Copeland, Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, on the ongoing violence against African Americans in the United States.

#BlackLivesMatter

Cab Calloway. Chick Webb. Billie Holiday. Some of the bright stars of jazz and blues were Baltimore natives. Charm City ...
05/29/2020

Cab Calloway. Chick Webb. Billie Holiday. Some of the bright stars of jazz and blues were Baltimore natives.

Charm City was also home to the world-famous Pennsylvania Avenue, a world famous black entertainment district featuring nightclubs, theaters and bars in the segregated city, including the Royal Theatre pictured below in its heyday.

On June 3 at 5:30 p.m., join Jackie Copeland, Executive Director of the Lewis, and Kaili Lockbeam, Registrar and Collections Manager, for an exploration into Baltimore's jazz age. Click here to sign up: https://bit.ly/2McFquY

#MeetMeAtTheLewisOnline #JazzHistory #BaltimoreHistory #MarylandHistory

05/28/2020
Virtual Storytime - Who Got Game?

It's time to PLAY BALL! Celebrate the unheralded people and stories that helped shape the game of baseball with a reading of "Who Got Game: Baseball, Amazing But True Stories" with author Derrick Barnes.

Meet unsung pioneers, like John “Bud” Fowler, William Edward White, and brothers Moses Fleetwood Walker and Weld Walker, four African Americans who integrated white teams decades before Jackie Robinson in today's Virtual Storytime!

Click here to complete a family activity designed by our Education Department: https://bit.ly/2TMvYCF

DID YOU HEAR THE NEWS?! We are thrilled to announce that our special exhibition, Elizabeth Catlett: Artist as Activist, ...
05/27/2020
Baltimore’s Best activities and arts groups 2020

DID YOU HEAR THE NEWS?! We are thrilled to announce that our special exhibition, Elizabeth Catlett: Artist as Activist, was named the best museum exhibition of 2019 by The Baltimore Sun! 🎉🎉

Click here to read all about it: https://www.baltimoresun.com/baltimores-best/bs-pr-fe-best-arts-activities-2020-20200526-vak7sz2azbgeplleftx45itcru-story.html

#MeetMeAtTheLewis #ElizabethCatlett #ArtistAsActivist #BestofBaltimore2020

Find our critics' picks and well as readers' choice winners for the Baltimore area's best arts and activities.

THURSDAY AT 5:30: African Americans account for a disproportionate number of coronavirus cases and deaths. Explore the r...
05/26/2020

THURSDAY AT 5:30: African Americans account for a disproportionate number of coronavirus cases and deaths. Explore the reasons why during Talks & Thoughts: COVID in Black and White.

Hosted by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Thrive. Click here to RSVP: https://bit.ly/COVIDinBlackAndWhite

#MeetMeatTheLewisOnline #COVID19

Today we honor the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. 🇺🇸 Our Scipio Collection includes m...
05/25/2020

Today we honor the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. 🇺🇸

Our Scipio Collection includes military artifacts from African American regiments, including the 10th Cavalry Regiment, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Their motto, "Ready and Forward," can be seen on the pin below. More objects and artifacts can be found on our online portal here: https://lewismuseum.pastperfectonline.com/

#MemorialDay #MusuemFromHome #BuffaloSoliders

#OTD in 1959, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the commencement address to the graduates of University of Maryland ...
05/24/2020

#OTD in 1959, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the commencement address to the graduates of University of Maryland Eastern Shore. By that time, Dr. King had become a household name for his work in Montgomery, Alabama and continuing to challenge the status quo nationwide. Although only 53 degrees were awarded, more than 1,000 people packed the venue to hear him speak.

No recording or copy of his full speech is known to exist. A newspaper article about the event notes that Dr. King told graduates to use their degrees to further the "human dignity of every man." He challenged them to "live creatively", take advantage of every opportunity provided and be the very best they can - not only for them, but for all African Americans.

#OnThisDay #TodayinHistory #TodayinMarylandHistory #TodayinBlackHistory #MartinLutherKing #MLK

Next week's storytime will make you want to PLAY BALL!  "Who Got Game: Baseball, Amazing But True Stories" celebrates th...
05/23/2020

Next week's storytime will make you want to PLAY BALL! "Who Got Game: Baseball, Amazing But True Stories" celebrates the unheralded people and stories that helped shape the game of baseball. Join us on Thursday at 1 p.m. for a reading from author Derek Barnes!

Little ones will meet unsung pioneers, including John “Bud” Fowler, William Edward White, brothers Moses Fleetwood Walker and Weld Walker - four African Americans who integrated white teams decades before Jackie Robinson.

We will stream storytime from our Facebook and YouTube pages.

#VirtualStorytime #Baseball #PlayBall #ChildrensBooks

05/21/2020
Current Voices: Uprising + 5-Activists

In this panel discussion, hear from three female-identifying activists who will share their ongoing work in remembrance of the 5-year anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising.

05/21/2020
Virtual Storytime: Let's Dance with Valerie Bolling

Are you ready?! You'll want to put on your dancing shoes as author Valerie Bolling reads from her book, Let’s Dance. This very special storytime features a dancer to show you the moves!

The rhythmic picture book showcases dances from all over the world and features children of diverse backgrounds and abilities tapping, spinning, and boogying away! From the kuku of West Africa to the cha-cha of Cuba to the step dancing of Ireland, dancing is everywhere you go.

#VirtualStorytime #DanceDanceDance #ChildrensBooks #PictureBook #MuseumFromHome

SPECIAL PROGRAM: The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on the African American community in this country...
05/20/2020

SPECIAL PROGRAM: The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on the African American community in this country. African Americans are being infected and subsequently dying at higher rates. What puts the black community in this country at greater risk?

Join us for a conversation on Thursday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m., with Kaiser Permanente’s Director of Community Health, Celeste James, President of Echoing Green, Cheryl Dorsey, and radio host and associate professor of Communication and African American Studies at Loyola University, Dr. Kaye Whitehead, as we discuss how and why black communities account for a disproportionate number of coronavirus cases and deaths.

RSVP: https://bit.ly/COVIDinBlackAndWhite

#COVIDInBlackAndWhite #COVID19 #LewisOnline #MuseumFromHome

#OTD in 1925, Malcolm X (Little) was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His father, an outspoken minister who preached black pride...
05/19/2020

#OTD in 1925, Malcolm X (Little) was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His father, an outspoken minister who preached black pride, was murdered when Malcolm was 6-years-old. Yet his father's teachings lived on in the young boy.

Malcolm X believed in the power of grassroots civil rights organizers, including Cambridge, Maryland's Gloria Richardson. He admired her leadership and drew inspiration from the movement she helped create. In 1964, they worked together to co-founded ACT, a national organization centered around black liberation.

#TodayinBlackHistory #MalcolmX #CambridgeMovement #CivilRights

Every Thursday at 1 p.m. is #VirtualStorytimeAtTheLewis!This Thursday, we're inviting little ones to put on their dancin...
05/18/2020

Every Thursday at 1 p.m. is #VirtualStorytimeAtTheLewis!

This Thursday, we're inviting little ones to put on their dancing shoes as author Vanessa Bolling reads from her book, Let’s Dance.

This rhythmic picture book showcases dances from all over the world and features children of diverse backgrounds and abilities tapping, spinning, and boogying away! From the kuku of West Africa to the cha-cha of Cuba to the step dancing of Ireland, dancing is everywhere you go.

Check back here on Thursday and get your groove on.

#MeetMeAtTheLewisOnline #VirtualStorytime #ChildrensBooks #MuseumAtHome #Dance

#OTD in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in schools with Brown vs. Board of Education. The case was arg...
05/17/2020

#OTD in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in schools with Brown vs. Board of Education. The case was argued by Baltimore native and future first African American Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall.

The first public school in Baltimore to desegregate was Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1952. The school had specialized classes like calculus, chemistry, electricity, mechanics and surveying; subjects not offered at the black schools in the City at that time. The NAACP - represented by Thurgood Marshall - and Baltimore Urban League sued and proved that there was no "separate but equal" equivalent. The school was opened to African American students that fall.

Photo: George E.C. Hayes, left, Thurgood Marshall, center, and James M. Nabrit join hands as they pose outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., May 17, 1954.

#TodayinBlackHistory #OnThisDay #TodayinHistory #BlackHistory #BrownvsBoardofEducation

The impact of the death of Freddie Gray in 2015 continues to inspire activists in Baltimore to push for substantial chan...
05/15/2020

The impact of the death of Freddie Gray in 2015 continues to inspire activists in Baltimore to push for substantial change. Join the discussion on Thursday, May 21 with female activists who strive to address the root causes of the Baltimore Uprising and how the city can continue to work to create change - five years later.

Click here to register: https://17527.blackbaudhosting.com/17527/Current-Voices-Uprising--5-Part-2-Activists

This program is presented in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Support for the program has been provided by Open Society Institute-Baltimore.

#MeetMeAtTheLewisOnline #VirtualEvent #FreddieGray #FreddieGrayFiveYearsLater #FiveYearsLater #BaltimoreActivists

05/14/2020
Virtual Storytime: Don't Let Auntie Mabel Bless The Table

Storytime is here! Learn how traditions and rituals bring us - and keep us - together from author and illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton.

Auntie Mabel and her family and friends have gathered for their big Sunday dinner and can't wait to dig into a delicious, mouthwatering meal. Before they can begin, Auntie Mabel starts and doesn't stop blessing everyone and everything she surveys: the yams and Brussels sprouts and the table and chairs!

Click here for a family activity that can be done after the reading: https://bit.ly/3bzrDsx

#VirtualStorytime #MeetMeAtTheLewisOnline #LewisStoryHour #TheLewis

MUSEUM NIGHTS IS BACK! We're going LIVE on Facebook this Thursday for the second edition of our social distance dance pa...
05/12/2020

MUSEUM NIGHTS IS BACK! We're going LIVE on Facebook this Thursday for the second edition of our social distance dance party. It's a party at YOUR house - quarantine style!

Listen to the sounds of Baltimore's own DJ Supream on Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m. Request songs, dance in your living room and have some fun during #MuseumNightsAtHome.

Make a date and meet here this Thursday!

#MeetMeAtTheLewisOnline #TheLewis #MuseumNights #OnlineParty #DanceDanceDance #DanceParty

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is proud to partner with the Jewish Museum of Maryland on their current online exhibition, ...
05/11/2020

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is proud to partner with the Jewish Museum of Maryland on their current online exhibition, Gray in Black and White.

Five years ago, in April 2015, Baltimore reacted to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Photographer J.M. Giordano captured images of the Baltimore Uprising from the front lines. The photos depict anger, fear, resistance and strength.

Explore these photographs, curated by fellow photographer, Devin Allen, here: https://www.grayinblackandwhite.com/

#FiveYearsLater #FreddieGray #BaltimoreUprising #BaltimorePhotography #BlackAndWhitePhotography #BaltimorePhotographer

Still looking for the right quarantine hobby? Discovering your family's roots can be done from the comfort of your home....
05/10/2020

Still looking for the right quarantine hobby? Discovering your family's roots can be done from the comfort of your home... and we can help!

Once you have learned all you can from your living relatives, researching vital records is the next step in writing your family story. Join us online on Saturday, May 16 to learn how to decipher these confusing documents with African American genealogy expert, Lyndra Marshall.

Click here to sign up: https://17527.blackbaudhosting.com/17527/Family-Story-Jumping-Into-Records Members: $5, Non-member: $8. Registration required.

#MeetMeAtTheLewisOnline #Geneaology #FamilyRoots #UncoverYourRoots #Family #VirtualEvent #OnlineEvent

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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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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.


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Has the Dream Builder story started? Don't see it live or posted anywhere.
waiting for the movie. Abundance of Caution by Simon&Alvarez
#BHM Did you know that the largest recorded nonviolent escape attempt by slaves in United States history took place in Washington, D.C. in 1848? The song “Troubled Waters” commemorates the daring escape attempt known as the Pearl Incident. Take a listen.
The Charm'tastic Mile of Baltimore on #Google https://local.google.com/place?id=13315758774861807563&use=posts&lpsid=3132669727094217229 The "Charm'tastic Mile" Ceremonial/Honorary Street Sign placed in the heart of the Inner Harbor in front of The Gallery Mall.
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Are there new membership packets sent when you get a membership? I sent the money weeks ago and notice yet
Helllo, Will you be hosting the wonderful book fair again this year?
Hey Reginald F. Lewis Museum!! Here's a fun vlog from the GALA last Saturday! Enjoy and PLEASE share with other lovers of the museum!! https://www.facebook.com/aaronhillsworld1/videos/10210431010410743/
This film is special
Remembering Baltimore civil rights activist, William Moore, slain on this day in 1963
Had a ball doing Black Trivia tonight at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum Third Thursday Night.Got great feedback. The Groove Stu band provided an excellent mature atmosphere. Looking forward to next month. Thank you to Doresa Harvey for assisting me. #blacktrivianetwork #whatchuknowaboutthat?! #blacktrivia #karlwithak
Check out Karl with a “K” for black trivia fun during Third Thursdays at the Lewis Museum Thurs. March 15, 2018 Featuring live music from The Groove Stu Band! The Lewis Museum and WEAA 88.9 presents Third Thursdays! Take an exclusive late night tour of the museum, enjoy some black trivia, listen to live jazz & have a culinary treat Third Thursdays offer up an experience unlike any other. Time: Doors Open at 5 p.m. Admission: Members - $8.00 Non-Members - $10.00