June 25, 2005
The AFRO’s story on the opening of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore from 2005. (AFRO file photo)
Black faces, Black voices, Black art, Black memorabilia, Black history: The very essence of Blackness is exuded from the walls of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, located at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore. And on June 25, after years of anticipation, the museum will open its doors, allowing the public to share in the state’s African-American story.
“A museum dedicated to protecting and preserving the state’s African-American history is long overdue,” said Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who is featured in the museum as one of the state’s living legends. “This museum is going to be a huge ‘Wow!’ moment, not only for African Americans but also for all the citizens of the state.”
The museum boasts four floors of revolving exhibitions and permanent exhibitions that range from artifacts to photos to videologues, and an educational center that facilitates both on-site and distance learning.
“I never dreamed I would see anything like this,” said Agnes Kane Callum, a genealogist and historian whose research on her family is displayed in the new hall.
“For once in history, we can write and interpret our own history.” The two-day opening gala will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and will feature noted speakers, singers, dancers and other entertainment.