For Immediate Release
February 11, 2019
Media Contact
Jenn Biddle
(443) 263-1812


Baltimore, Maryland – February 11, 2019The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture (Lewis Museum) is excited to announce the publication of a new Online Collections Portal with digitized images of objects in its permanent collection. The Online Collections Portal is a gateway to the exploration of the objects, documents, artworks and photographs from our collection of more than 10,000 objects which tell the stories of African American Marylanders from 1784 up to present day. The Online Collections Portal is active and new objects are published online regularly. The Lewis is one of only a few African American Museums that have made their collection available online.

Jackie Copeland, Executive Director of the Lewis, says “the portal allows visitors to travel virtually into the Museum’s hidden treasures. When in the portal they can see items like photographs of Frederick Douglass, African artifacts, militaria and 89 documents and objects relating to slavery from the Stearns Family Collection. This is a tremendous resource for visitors to our website.” 

To explore the collection visitors can log on to and click “permanent collection.” Once on the Online Collections Portal page they can utilize keyword searches or browse objects randomly. Each record has a detailed physical description and full color photograph. While images are presented in low-resolution, scholars can contact the museum for permission to obtain hi-resolution images.

The Lewis Museum is committed to sharing the history of African Americans in Maryland. The new Online Collections Portal allows visitors to view our shared history conveniently from home 24/7.

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture is the authentic source for history and culture from the African American perspective. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, resource center, as well as programs such as its film series, live music performances, and family programming. For more information visit and follow us on IG/ Twitter @lewismuseum.