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Two men, one vision
Two men, one vision

"What obstacles will you overcome today?" The spirit and mission of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture - as well as its sometimes difficult journey toward a June 25 opening - are neatly encapsulated in a billboard-sized sign mounted on its north wall. The $33 million building at Pratt and President streets was constructed to celebrate African-Americans in Maryland who have overcome obstacles and gone on to make lasting contributions to society. Who better to have designed it, then, than Philip Freelon and Gary Bowden, two of the country's most successful African-American architects, men who have refused to be thwarted by...