The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving community awards and hosting a gala.

“What I really like about this museum is that it does fantastic cultural programming as a legitimate part of the museum’s mission. African-American history and culture isn’t just elements of the past, it is occurring every day as we live it; the museum brings together the past and modern history celebrating it in a fun and interactive way,” said Helen Yuen, director of marketing for the Museum.

The awards event, Oct. 29, will honor individuals and organizations making a difference in their communities. With each award specifying the importance of social, economic and cultural contributions within the African- American community of Maryland, this year’s awardees are: Annette March-Grier, Bronwyn Mayden, Theo Rodgers, the AFRO American Newspapers, Associated Black Charities and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.


“One of the most important factors of the museums 10th anniversary celebration is the fact that the museum would not have gotten to where it is today without the support of the public service committees and law makers that were willing to help tell the story of Africa American Marylanders and celebrate that heritage with visitors around the world,” Yuen said. he world,” Yuen said.

On Nov. 1, the museum gala honors Maryland State Delegate Howard “Pete” Rawlings, the first African-American to become chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee in the Maryland House of Delegates. Rawlings served the 40th Legislative District in Baltimore from
1979-2003. The museum serves to honor Rawlings by honoring others like him to include Paulette Brown and many more. As a special addition to the gala festivities and fun, the museum will also be auctioning off Adam Jones’s autographed cleats, as well as a get away to San Juan Puerto Rico courtesy of Hyatt House and Southwest Airlines.

For information on becoming a sponsor and purchasing gala tickets call 443-263-1811.