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Virtual School Tours

Take a virtual museum field trip through the museum  galleries to learn about the African American experience in Maryland to include their achievements, their pursuit of freedom and their fight for social justice from the colonial period to present day. A museum activity sheet is available for each school tour.

Time: 30- 45 minutes. 

Fee:

  • Maryland Title I Schools/ Free Lunch Programs – Free
  • Other K-12 Schools/Universities – Group rate $125 (up to 50 students). Additional cost for larger groups.
  • Community Youth Organizations/Home School Groups – Group Rate $60 (up to 30 students)

    Pricing considerations may be made for groups with budgetary restrictions.  

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Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake

Explore stories of resistance to bondage and servitude in the Chesapeake Region from the Colonial Period to the American Civil War (1728-1864) by meeting nine bound workers—slaves, indentured servants, and convict servants— who asserted control over their own lives by running away. Students will analyze their runaway ads from the Maryland Gazette and view recorded living history vignettes during this guided virtual experience. Grades: 4 – 12

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Robert Houston: The 1968 Poor People’s Campaign in Photographs

Permanent Exhibition

Heritage Tour (Grades 3-12): Experience the rich cultural heritage and contributions of Maryland’s African American community by connecting with individuals, places, and traditions that spans over 300 years.
Paths to Freedom (Grades 4-12): Explore the story of slavery through the eyes of enslaved and free blacks from Maryland’s colonial past through the end of the Civil War.
Fight for Justice (Grades 4-12): Examine the contributions made by Maryland African Americans during Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement in the battle for equality.

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COMING SOONMake Good Trouble:Marching for Change – The nation and the world took to the streets this summer to protest the death of George Floyd and system racism in order to activate change. Examine the local protests in Maryland via protest signs, photos and political buttons.

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Digital Living History Programs: I, Too, Am America

Experience the cry of  freedom, equality and activism through the voices of Maryland African American freedom fighters and trail blazers.  Digital living history presentations are portrayed within the backdrop of the museum’s galleries interwoven with historical images. Historical figures include: Harriet Tubman (abolitionist), Benjamin Banneker (abolitionist), Mother Mary Lange (educator), Juanita Jackson Mitchell (legal eagle) and Verda Welcome (politician). An activity sheet  on activism and/or a live Q &A with the presenter is available.

Presentation Length: 25 minutes/ 45 minutes with live Q & A

Fee:  $60 Viewing; $100 with live Q & A chat. Accessible for up to 1 week.

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Benjamin Banneker


Harriet Tubman


Mother Mary Lange

Juanita Jackson Mitchell

Verda Welcome

The Mind Is  A Weapon

Benjamin Banneker, the black father of science in colonial America, used his  STEAM contributions to  fight the abolishment of slavery.  Banneker, a free black and  self taught, would later become an inventor, surveyor,  astronomer and author of several almanacs showing his astronomical calculations. See Banneker come to life by Griot storyteller Bob Smith as he explains why he sent an almanac and letter to Thomas Jefferson to discuss why slavery was wrong in America.

Escape to Freedom

Maryland freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, an important figure to the Underground Railroad network helped over 60 enslaved people escape to freedom.  During the Civil War, she worked as a spy and nurse for the Union Army. See a compelling dramatic work performed by storyteller, Janice the Griot about this heroine’s life as Harriet reflects on family, freedom and courage.

Education for All

Mother Mary Lange, the foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, spent her life educating black children during the 1800s.   Starting with educating color girls in her house in Fells Points which later became St. Francis Academy to conducting night classes for women,  her religious order recognized the need to provide education for all people. Witness Mother Lange’s journey to creating this religious order of  black nuns and helping their community through the eyes of Janice the Griot.

Activism and the Law

Legal eagle and civil rights activist Juanita Jackson Mitchell became the first African American woman to practice law in Maryland.  Mitchell, who worked in the NAACP with her mother Lillian, to fight civil rights cases in Maryland courts, would be instrumental in integrating Baltimore schools, restaurants and swimming pools. Join Juanita Jackson Mitchell in spirit as she protests for equality and social justice portrayed by Janice the Griot.

A Person of Principle

Before there was Kamala Harris or Shirley Chisholm on the national political scene,  there were local  and state political black female leaders paving the way.  Meet Maryland State Senator Verda Freeman Welcome, the  2nd black black women to be elected to a state senate in the early 1950s. Verda spent 25 years in the Maryland legislature passing laws to include racial discrimination. Hear Senator Welcome portrayed by Janice the Griot champion for laws  to eradicate racism in the schools, workplace, public accommodations and interracial relationships.