Historical marker outside Reginald F. Lewis museum — Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith
A stark grey post on the Baltimore slave trade stands tall, just outside the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. It provides insight into Baltimore’s role in the slave trade industry and sits as a prologue to the exhibits and information that you’ll find just past the museum’s doors.
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, the museum, with its modern architecture and vibrant colors, houses exhibits that highlight the struggles and triumphs of African American Marylanders. Three permanent exhibitions in addition to special exhibitions, as well as a permanent collection of objects, open the doors to the state's African-American heritage. Here you will learn about life in Baltimore for free African Americans and the city's attraction for legends such as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, both of whom passed through its streets on their road to freedom.
Red wall inside Reginald F. Lewis museum — Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith
Until June 2013, the Reginald F. Lewis museum will feature a special exhibition that will pay homage to Harriet Tubman, commemorating the centennial of her death. The Lewis is one of three museum stops in the city to tell not only part of Harriet Tubman's story, but also the stories of other African Americans who contributed to the early culture and heritage of Baltimore, specifically, and Maryland as a whole.