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Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History

Posted by on January 29, 2012

Field Trip: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History
Location: 830 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Contact: 410-333-1133
Grades: 2nd and up

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About the Museum:

The museum’s permanent exhibition introduces visitors to Maryland’s African American heritage via three galleries. Each will tell the story of perseverance, triumph and the celebration of life through the inspiring history and living culture of Maryland’s African Americans.

Things Hold Lines Connect: Visitors will learn how 200 years of slavery wrenched and sometimes broke the bonds of family and community among African Americans in Maryland. Yet Maryland’s African Americans continuously recreated and renewed these bonds of family and community in order to endure the centuries of brutality and decades of oppression and suppression that followed.

Building Maryland: Despite the emotional and societal devastation of slavery and oppression, African Americans developed valuable trades through their native skills and exploited labor, which they employed in their struggle for opportunity, achievement and success.

Building America and The Strength of the Mind: African Americans poured the emotions of a displaced and disenfranchised people into painting, music, dance and language. This gallery features stories about the creative spirit of Maryland African Americans by focusing on their accomplishments in the arts and education.

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