A SPIKED COLLAR MEANT FOR A human neck. A 1976 collage by Romare Bearden. A Quaker's table with secret compartments for abolitionist tracts. A contemporary quilt with images recounting the history of slavery in Maryland.
These items, both old and new, offer fresh insights into a way of life that once dominated Maryland's politics and economy. They are on view in At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland, a landmark exhibition that opened this weekend at the Maryland Historical Society and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.
AT FREEDOM'S DOOR: CHALLENGING SLAVERY IN MARYLAND / / Exhibit by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Maryland Historical Society / / 443-263-1800, 410-685-3750, africanamericanculture.org or www.mdhs.org