Lewis Museum

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture showcases the stories of more than three centuries of African-American life in the state.

Museum puts faces, names to struggle for justice

REGINA Wright Bruce arrives from a distance of 42 years. She wears a smile of spiritual wonder. She stands in this throng of delighted people at the grand opening of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, and her voice carries through the place like an anthem.  Read more ...

An exhibition of community

An exhibition of community

Supporters looking to cement the standing of Baltimore's African American Heritage Festival as one of the region's premier summer events got the ultimate validation yesterday from Gloria Bartholomew: It's a big deal, she said, even by New York standards.  Read more ...

New chapter in a story of struggle and triumph

For Nina Cole Rawlings, yesterday's opening of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture meant a day of mixed emotions.  Read more ...

A fitting symbol

They said from the start that they didn't want a hand-me-down museum, another group's castoff.  Read more ...

At last, a place for generations of history, hope

More than 350 years have passed since the first enslaved Africans, taken forcibly from their homelands and sold to people in a land thousands of miles away, set foot in Maryland.  Read more ...

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The new look of African-American history

We know the names. Harriet Tubman was a conductor on the Underground Railroad, transporting more than 300 slaves to freedom. Frederick Douglass was an ardent spokesman for the abolition movement, and Thurgood Marshall helped end legal segregation as the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court.  Read more ...

Bridges to the Past

Day by day, county by county and door by door, Kathryn Coney and her colleagues have gradually accumulated a treasure trove.  Read more ...

McCready fought for the right to be trained as a nurse

In 1949, almost on a whim, Esther McCready requested an application from an all-white nursing school. That began a court battle that lasted more than a year, enlisted the talents of a young attorney named Thurgood Marshall, and integrated the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore.  Read more ...

During Louis Diggs' service, the military integrated

The four brass service medals are nestled in velvet. They're no big deal, Louis Diggs says, no different from those received by thousands of other veterans of the Korean War.  Read more ...

A love story carved in Callum's family tree

The teenage girl known as Irish Nell was so much in love with a slave on the adjoining plantation that she would give up anything to marry her true love. Even her freedom.  Read more ...

Man on a mission

George L. Russell Jr. was walking to his downtown Baltimore office last week when three men approached him.  Read more ...

Lewis family reminisces at museum tour

For three of the women who loved him most, Reginald F. Lewis' presence is everywhere in Baltimore's newest museum - and not just because his name is emblazoned high on its polished black granite facade.  Read more ...

Baltimore promoting its black heritage

City tourism officials are using this month's scheduled opening of a museum spotlighting black history and culture to push Baltimore as a destination of choice for African-American tourists.  Read more ...

Two men, one vision

"What obstacles will you overcome today?"  Read more ...

Lewis Museum's design reflects African-American spirit

The five-story, $33 million Reginald F. Lewis Museum at 830 Pratt St. (scheduled to open June 25) is a boldly modern structure that makes good use of a tight but prominent site near Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  Read more ...

Lewis museum to open with 'Slave Ship'

Simple iron bars that could be used to purchase a human being. Iron shackles clearly designed for a young child's legs. A captain's log that complains of the stifling African heat, but doesn't even mention the cold reality that the ship was dealing in human cargo.  Read more ...

Lewis Museum will open June 25

Baltimore's long-awaited Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, initially scheduled to debut last fall, is scheduled to open to the public June 25, museum executives said yesterday.  Read more ...

Sneak peeks at Reginald Lewis Museum

Baltimore's newest museum won't officially open for several months, but it has already received its first visitors.  Read more ...

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