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Talks & Thoughts: The Long Arm of History - Monuments and Statues Do Matter

A new community-centric public forum offering barbershop-style open discourse on current events that have an impact on the African American community. A panel presentation and community discussion about the impact and meaning of the violence in Charlottesville; the rise of white supremacy and white nationalism; and what the removal of our four Confederate statues means for Baltimore. Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead will moderate a conversation between our three "talkers" and the community around this topic.

Jacob Lawrence Family Day

Enjoy family fun exploring the art prints of renowned storyteller painter Jacob Lawrence.  Create a carpentry project with Little Builders and then make your own inspired Jacob Lawrence art involving printmaking and collage with Towson State art students. Explore the art gallery with an interactive scavenger hunt and storytelling performances on Play by griot Dianne Macklin. See dance and theatrical interpretations on Lawrence’s works involving black heroes and community by Dance Baltimore and Theatre Morgan.


Maryland Collects: Jacob Lawrence - Opens September 2017

Over 50 prints by artist Jacob Lawrence from personal collections in and around Maryland.  Lawrence, one of the best known artists of the 20th century, was a painter, storyteller and educator who is renowned for his portrayals of African American life, especially in Harlem.

Third Thursdays: Eric Marner, Saxophonist

Join us for a night with Saxophonist, Eric Marner. Hailed as the new sound of Smooth Jazz; Marner's musical experiences range from Jacques Ibert, to Charlie Parker, to Kirk Franklin. Seeing Marner perform and hearing his music gives homage to the past greats and a glimpse of the brilliant future of instrumental music.

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Volunteer Program

Volunteers provide significant support to the museum by assisting with events, programs, and other activities that serve the public. Reginald F. Lewis Museum volunteers have the unique opportunity to enlighten and inspire the public through the many stories and accomplishments of Maryland African-Americans.


We are currently accepting applications for the following volunteer positions:


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The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is Baltimore’s premier facility highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland’s African American community. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the East Coast’s largest African American museum occupying an 82,000 square-foot facility with ample permanent and special exhibition space, interactive learning environments, auditorium, resource center, oral history recording studio, museum shop, café, classrooms, meeting rooms, outside terrace and reception areas.

Mission, Vision & Values

Mission Statement

To be the premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders. The museum seeks to realize its mission by collecting, preserving, interpreting, documenting and exhibiting the rich contributions of African American Marylanders from the state’s earliest history to the present and the future.


To share globally, and with integrity, the human drama of Maryland’s African American experience.


As a member of the museum, you help support programs, special exhibitions, and events, as well as ensure that the museum remains an important source for African American history and culture. 

Basic Memberships

Membership Perks:

Resources for Families


The Reginald F. Lewis Museum offers children programs and family events year round.

Saturday Fun Child Series

Donate an Object

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture is dedicated to the collection and preservation of artifacts, archival documents, and fine art that reflect the history and culture of African Americans in the State of Maryland. Since the opening of the museum, our permanent collection has grown significantly through donations of a wide range of exciting and inspiring materials.


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