In celebration of Black History Month, Johns Hopkins has made it possible for faculty, staff, students, and their families to visit the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture for free on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The museum in downtown Baltimore examines the history and heritage of African-Americans in Maryland and around the country. Reginald F. Lewis, a Baltimore-born lawyer who was the first African-American to head a billion-dollar business and operate a law firm on Wall Street, provided a $5 million endowment to the museum in 2002.
Johns Hopkins Day at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum has been made possible through a donation from Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine. The promotion includes a 15% discount on museum merchandise, and the museum café will provide a meal special for $15.
The three permanent collections on display at the museum explore the stories of families and communities torn apart by the slave trade, the legacy of exploitation and slave labor used to build America, and the lasting contributions of African-Americans to art, culture, and education.
New acquisitions, such as a signed photograph of Frederick Douglass and a first edition copy of his autobiography, will be on display before they join the museum's permanent collections.
Visitors attending Johns Hopkins Day at the museum will also see two temporary exhibits: a juried art show by high school artists from around Maryland, and a photographic study of African-American masculinity. Titled "Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male," the exhibit explores the perceptions, realities, and challenges of the black male identity.
Those who attend the Johns Hopkins Day at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum must provide a Johns Hopkins ID. The museum is located at 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Validated parking is located at the garage located at 815 E. Pratt Street and will cost $7.