Celebrating African-American Culture

By Diane Haddad Premium

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has become home to a major African-American history center, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum <www.africanamericanculture.org>. Baltimore native Lewis, who passed away in 1993, grew up in a neighborhood he called “semi-tough” to become a successful businessman and philanthropist.
Construction on the $33 million, 82,000-square-foot facility began three years ago. Exhibition areas themed Family and Community, Labor That Built a Nation, and Art and Enlightenment will document slavery in Maryland, as well as the state’s African-American communities, trades and culture. Photos, documents, artifacts and artwork will tell the stories of historical figures such as abolitionist Frederick Douglass, musician Billie Holiday and astronomer Benjamin Banneker, along with contemporary heroes including activist Juanita Jackson Mitchell and Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall. The museum also will feature an oral history listening and recording studio, a theater and classrooms. Admission prices and hours of operation weren’t available at press time — check the museum’s Web site or call (410) 333-1130 for information.
From the April 2005 Family Tree Magazine