Freedom: Emancipation Quilted & Stitched

Freedom: Emancipation Quilted & Stitched is an exhibition of documentary-style story quilts that celebrate the contributions, lives, and legacies of people of color in Maryland.

Freedom: Emancipation Quilted & Stitched


Freedom: Emancipation Quilted & Stitched is an exhibition of documentary-style story quilts that celebrate the contributions, lives, and legacies of people of color in Maryland. The quilts are creations by fabric artist Joan M.E. Gaither, Ph.D. and include several works that consist of community collaborations facilitated by Gaither.

The quilts featured in Freedom: Emancipation Quilted & Stitched are presented as collective stories connected to a continuing struggle for freedom in our shared greater American story. The work speaks to a place in many communities - telling one’s own story, telling the stories of others, and finally, helping others to find and tell their own stories within the context of one collective story.
Runs through February 28, 2018 in our LewisNOW! gallery on the 1st Floor.

The $Billion Deal, The Lifestyle, The Man - Reginald F. Lewis 75th Birthday Celebration



Learn the story behind the Billion Dollar Deal that changed history from those that knew Reginald F. Lewis the best. There will be commentary from his business partners, friends and family. Plus key business leaders will also speak on breaking business barriers today.


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Access to the Lewis on 11/8 - 11/12




6th Annual African American Children's Book Fair


6th Annual African American Children's Book Fair

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 am to 4 pm

Join us for a fun-filled day focused on kids’ literature about African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, live performances, and art activities. Purchase hard-to-find titles in the Book Village.



CELEBRITY READER: Ilyasah Shabazz, Daughter of Malcolm X, Author - Betty Before X


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Click for a look at last year's book fair -




Performances and Readings (10:30 am to 4pm)


11:00 am

Bubble Show -Mark Angelo Askew

12:30 pm

Callaloo Puppet Show with Callaloo Puppets


Join Ilyasah Shabazz (Malcolm X’s daughter)  for a celebrity reading and book signing of Betty Before X.

1:30 pm Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick D. Barnes (2018 Ezra Jack Keats Winner)


Uncle Devin Drum Tales Performance


Workshops for Kids


12:30 pm

Illustration Workshop with Frank Morrison

2:30 pm

Comic Book Workshop with The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC)

Additional Book Fair Activities (10:00am to 4:00pm)

  • Make and Take Book Making Art Workshop with Book Making Artist Liz Wolfe

  • Drop In Art Activity with the Walters Art Museum

  • Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures Van- Free Dental Screenings for Children 12 and under

The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental van will provide FREE dental screenings, oral health education and treatment referrals for local children 12 and under.  Children will receive a free oral care kit which includes a toothbrush, toothpaste and activity sheets.  

  • Enoch Pratt Book Mobile

  • Preschoolers with Baltimore County Library( Woodlawn Branch) - music, movement and a story

  • Storytime Corner  with Authors



Guest Author and Illustrator Links:

Ilyasah Shabazz


Derrick Barnes


Carole Boston Weatherford  & Jeff Weatherford


Vanessa Brantley Newton


Bryan Collier


Gwendolyn Hooks


Wade and Cheryl Hudson


London Ladd

Kelly Starling Lyons


Frank Morrison


Jerdine Nolen


Javaka Steptoe


Shadra Strickland


Renee Watson



Other Participating Authors


Robyn  Abdusamad


Donovan Anderson


Aisha Toombs


Sherrita Berry -Pettus


Damyionne Brown



Shenell Bolden


Ralph Burgess

Callaloo Kids


Veronica Chapman



Charlene Fadirepo


Michael Hickman


Kenji Jackson


Daneace Jeffery


Tracy Jones


Antoinette Lawrence


Stephen McGill


Natasha Moulton and Julian English


Chukwuemeka Nonso Nzegwu


Steph Ox


Lexi P


Phallon Perry


Evan Roberts


James Tates


Roland Taylor


Van White


JD Wright

Crystal Swain-Bates


Participating Organizations

Baltimore County Public Library

Enoch Pratt Free Public Library

Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Future

Mocha Moms

Walters Art Museum





Sunday @ 2 Films: Body and Soul: An American Bridge


Sundays @2 Film: Body and Soul: An American Bridge (58 minutes)

Sunday, April 8, 2 pm

Through interviews with historians and music enthusiasts, Body and Soul: An American Bridge examines the fascinating history of this timeless jazz song’s and illustrates the complex musical interplay between Jewish and African-American cultures. Created by Jewish composer Johnny Green in 1929, the song was introduced on Broadway by Jewish torch singer, Libby Holman, and ushered into the jazz canon by Louis Armstrong. A post discussion with music enthusiasts will follow. In partnership with the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival 2018.

Film Trailer Link-

Free with Museum Admission

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Sunday @ 2 Films: Tell Them We Are Rising - The Story of Black Colleges and Universities


Sunday @ 2 Films: Tell Them We Are Rising - The Story of Black Colleges and Universities with Post Discussion (Premiere Screening)

Sunday, February 18, 2pm

Tell Them We Are Rising explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. Stanley Nelson's film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice. A post conversation with co-film producer Stacey Holman will follow.  Holman’s portfolio includes working as Line Producer for the Peabody Award-winning Freedom Summer and Associate Producer for the Emmy Award-winning Freedom Riders and Jesse Owens.

HBCU Fair - 1 pm to 5 pm
Movie Screening - 2 pm

 In conjunction with PBS series "Independent Lens" Indie Lens Pop-Up. Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations.

Free Event

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Film Trailer Link


200th Anniversary Celebration - Frederick Douglass Day @ the Lewis


200th Anniversary Celebration

Frederick Douglass Day @ the Lewis Museum

Saturday, February 10, Noon to 4 pm

Celebrate the 200th birthday of Maryland abolitionist Frederick Douglass at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum with an array of activities honoring this iconic statesman. John Stauffer, a professor of English and African and African American Studies at Harvard University will present a lecture on Frederick Douglass’ America. Other activities will include readings of Douglass’s speeches by living history re-enactors,  a talk on Mapping Douglass by Johns Hopkins University Professor Lawrence Jackson and a children’s art and story hour with illustrator London Ladd on his recent book, Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass.  



Schedule of Presentations
Noon and 2 pm
Children's Program: Drawing Workshop and Illustrator's Program with London Ladd

12:30 PM   
Lecture/Digital Presentation: Mapping Douglass with JHU Professor Lawrence Jackson
Bringing History to Life Video Clip
1:30 PM and 3:30 PM  
Frederick Douglass Living History Presentation with Michael Crutcher
Frederick Douglass Video Clip
2 pm
Lecture: Frederick Douglass' America with Harvard University Professor John Stauffer
Washington Post Article: Five Myths about Frederick Douglass by Henry Louis Gates and John Stauffer


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Author Talks @ the Lewis: "Cooking Gene" with Michael Twitty


Author Talks @ the Lewis: Cooking Gene with Michael Twitty

Saturday, January 27, 1 pm

 Discover the cooking legacy and ancestral roots of African American cuisine with food historian Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South. This illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture traces his ancestry through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom. A food sampling of African American cookery and book signing will follow.

Included with Museum Admission.

ClICK HERE for Book Trailer

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MLK Day Celebration 2018


MLK Day Celebration 2018

Join us for live performances, community discussions, films, and crafts that reflect on, and honor, the civil rights leader. The Celebration includes the musical concert, “Man of Peace: The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.”  featuring choral presentations and spoken texts from Martin Luther King, Jr. set to chamber music written by music composer Benny Russell and performed by Peabody's Tuned In Orchestra.

Special Admission - $5

Schedule of Events
Noon to 4 pm
Freedom Square Quilting 
​Party with Quilter Joan Gaither  .
Genealogy Sessions: Tracing Your Family Roots  
High School Jury Art Show Ceremony    .
View the works and meet the student artists who participated in the museum's annual HS Jury Art Show.
This year's show celebrates iconic African American figures through portraits.
MLK STEP Salute by the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women Step Team  
MLK Poetry Reading by Isaiah Washington 

2 pm
Musical Concert: “Man of Peace: The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.”  .

Film Screening: STEP (84 min)

STEP documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

3:30 pm
“Stopping Violence in Our City” Community Discussion   


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