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Teacher Resources


Teacher Resources


The Museum offers recertification credits to Maryland educators through course work exploring the curriculum, An African American Journey. These courses will utilize curriculum lessons and strategies for teaching African American history in the classroom. Maryland educators will earn one credit towards teacher recertification upon completing the course. Course offerings comply with State Curriculum Standards. 



Freedom Bound Exhibit and Additional Teaching Resources

View or virtual Freedom Bound Exhibit and use our educational resources to help tell the story of slavery in Maryland.

Click HERE to view our exhibit.



RFLM Online Collection Portal and  An African American Journeys Curriculum Lessons Connections

Check out our sample educational resource lessons connecting museum artifacts from our online collection portal.  These sample lesson activities can be modified for homeschoolers and families. 

Click HERE for more information.




Reginald F. Lewis Museum Virtual Educator’s Open House

Thursday, September 17, 2020

4 pm – 5 pm

Join the museum  to learn about virtual program offerings available for educational groups. Educators will take a guided virtual  gallery tour of our permanent exhibition and Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake exhibition along with a glimpse of a virtual living history performance. Museum staff will be available for questions and discussion. RSVP HERE
Cost: Free


Educator Workshop: Expressing Race & Social Justice through Literature

Wednesday, September 23

3 pm – 4 pm EST

Author Zetta Elliott and publishers Cheryl and Wade Hudsons (Just Us Books) will discuss how to use literature to talk about race and social justice in the classroom. Educators will be introduced to their latest books, The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love and Truth, and A Place Inside Of Me along with other literary resources. RSVP here


Educator’s Webinar: We Rise Up – The Black Women’s Suffrage Movement

Saturday, October 10, 2020

12 pm – 1 pm EST

Experience the black women’s suffrage movement and its leaders with a  scholarly lecture with Dr. Martha S. Jones as she discusses her newest book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All. The presentation will be followed with a resource lesson on the movement. Dr. Jones is a history professor from Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how African Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. RSVP HERE

Cost: Free

Click Here to view the video recording – We Rise Up – The Black Women’s Suffrage Movement

Click Here to view the living history video trailer – Verda Welcome.

Click Here to view the educational resource – We Rise Up – The Black Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Educator’s Webinar: Civil War and Reconstruction

Saturday, November 7, 14 & 21, 2020

12 pm – 1:30 pm EST

Examine the Civil War and Reconstruction through the lens of the  African American experience with content lectures, a virtual  tour and interactive instruction from An African American Journey Resource Guide. This course includes home assignments and implementing a curriculum lesson to obtain 1 MSDE credit hour. In partnership with the Maryland Center for History and Culture. RSVP HERE

Cost: Free

Educator Webinar: Freedom Bound Conversations Through Literature

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

4 pm – 5:30 pm  EST

Explore the road to freedom during the antebellum period for African American runaways as portrayed in children’s literature with a panel discussion with children’s authors and illustrators Elizbeth Zunon, Jerdine Nolen and Carole Boston Weatherford. A lesson resource will be provided. In conjunction with Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake. In partnership with Maryland Center for History and Culture. RSVP HERE

Cost: Free



Lesson Resources


An African American Journey: A Resource for Learning the History of African Americans in Maryland and the United States


A teacher’s resource guide developed by the Museum and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). This resource guide for grades 4-8 offers 43 lessons on social studies, language arts and the fine arts that highlight the contributions of African Americans in Maryland and the nation.


Click below to view and download sample lessons for Elementary and Middle School students, including a lesson on the Baltimore Uprising of 2015. To obtain a full copy, please contact the education department at (443) 263-1829 or click here to email a request for a full copy of the curriculum.


You may view and download sample lessons for High School students by clicking below.