The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the largest African American museum on the East Coast, will host their annual gala on Nov. 2 at Martin’s West in Baltimore.

The gala supports the work of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, known for its community support, rare artifacts, traditional African-American art and historic pieces.

“I am delighted and honored to be this year’s gala co-chair,” former Maryland State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick said in a statement. “To see and hear children light up when they learn about the richness of Maryland African American history and culture makes this institution critical to the education of future generations. Their excitement is why I support the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and am proud to be involved.”

Baltimore Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones will also serve as co-chair. Entry to the event is $200 for an individual ticket and $375 for two tickets. An awards presentation is also planned to honor the museum’s founding board members.

Proceeds benefit the institution’s exhibitions and public programs including films and concerts and educational programs that provide fun activities for families and children.

The museum’s director of marketing, Helen Yuen, told the AFRO, “guests can expect to have a great time.” The evening will include music from The Band Infusion—a band mixing with Motown and funk—a silent auction, dinner and time to mix and mingle.

Special guests will include Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, who are bringing the Kinsey collection to the museum, an assortment of authentic treasures and rare art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts.

Yuen said the Gala should draw nearly 200 guests.

“Sports and education have a long relationship,” Jones said in a statement. “So, I’m happy to once again link those two worlds. The museum inspires us with stories of Maryland African American achievement and to aim for those heights in our own lives.”

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum opened in 2005, and prides itself on being the “premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders.”


Blair Adams

AFRO Staff Writer