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Black History Month in Baltimore

From performances and lectures to cultural events and community discussions, Baltimore honors the history, heritage and heart of the African American experience.

Black History Month 2016 has ended, but please make sure that you check back for events that will be happening next year.

 

 

BBH Tours

Frederick Douglass Week in Baltimore February 14–20, 2016

Join BBH Tours to celebrate the life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass with lectures, re-enactments, tours and discussions. Contact Lou Fields, 443-983-7974 or bbhtours@gmail.com.

 

B&O Museum

Celebrate Black History Month at the B&O

Proudly presented by AMTRAK®
February 8–28, 2016
Monday–Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The B&O Railroad Museum opens a new exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the railroad industry. Learn about these men and women who filled vital jobs along the B&O Railroad's line and understand how significant social issues, such as segregation, affected railroading. New exhibits focus on African American passenger travel during segregation, including the #409 rail car, and chefs and waiters who worked on B&O dining cars. Click here for more information.

The B&O Railroad Museum will also highlight the following events in January 2016:

Historic Roundhouse Turntable Demonstrations

Saturday, January 9 and February 13, 2016

Demonstrations begin at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Ever wonder how locomotives and rail cars are moved in and out of the historic 1884 B&O Roundhouse? Watch museum staff operate the 60 foot wooden turntable to move a historic rail car. Click here for more information.

Happy Birthday to the B&O! Special weekend of Train Rides!

February 28, 2016: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
March 1, 2016: 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the B&O's 189th birthday as well as the 132nd birthday of the historic 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse! The B&O will offer a special weekend of train rides (weather permitting) and highlight educational programs on both the birth of the oldest railroad in America and the 1884 Roundhouse. Half-price admission for all visitors! With paid admission, train rides are $3 for adults, $2 for children (2-12) and free for B&O members. Click here for more information.

Baltimore Museum of Industry

The Hero's Fight

Saturday, February 13th 1-3pm
www.thebmi.org

Patricia Fernandez-Kelly (Princeton University) discusses the links between race, poverty, and joblessness within Baltimore’s African American community. Fernandez-Kelly’s book, The Hero’s Fight: African Americans in West Baltimore and the Shadow of the State, will be available for sale and signing. Presented with grant support from the Maryland Humanities Council. Free with museum admission. 

The Eubie Blake Cultural Center

February 11 - March 31
www.eubieblake.org

One Baltimore family, three generations of photographers, documenting the strength, beauty and pride of the African American community during the most challenging of times-- 1940's - 60s, segregation, Civil Rights Movement.

 

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum

Baltimore “MASTERS” Art of the Ancestors

February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2016
This landmark exhibition is a salute to historical Baltimore African-American visual artists. “Ancestors” will feature more than 20 visual artists that actively represent the Baltimore African American art scene. It is the first exhibition of its kind to recognize this legacy of artists, activists  and entrepreneurs that were the very fabric of the inner city.

In addition, throughout the month of February in celebration of Black History Month, the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum will be open every Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m. for tours at no charge. Click here for more information.

Homewood Museum

“Entangled Lives: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon”

February 18, 2016, 6-7 p.m.
Homewood Museum

The lecture continues Homewood’s ongoing discussion of race in Maryland during the 19th century, at the former farm estate of Baltimore’s prominent and slaveholding Carroll family that today serves as JHU’s main campus. Click here to register for the event.

 

The National Aquarium

National Aquarium Celebrates Black History Month

February 5, 2016, 5-8 p.m.
National Aquarium

National Aquarium celebrates Black History Month with a special evening focused on African American history throughout the region featuring music, performances and more fun for the whole family! Live jazz will transport guests back to Baltimore’s historic, legendary jazz scene. During the evening, wine and beer will be available for purchase for the 21+ crowd. (Enjoy half-price admission on Friday evenings after 5:00 p.m. as part of the Aquarium’s Half-Price Friday Nights program presented by M&T Bank.) All activities are included with Aquarium admission. Add a 4D Immersion Film for $5. Purchase tickets at aqua.org, and find out more about the Aquarium’s special series of evening events, National Aquarium After Dark, at aqua.org/afterdark.

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The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

Town Hall Meeting

February 3, 2016, 6–9 p.m.
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

Guest speakers will discuss young martyrs in the struggle for civil rights throughout history. The discussion will be followed by a tour of the museum’s exhibit, “And A Little Child Shall Lead Them—Black Youth in the Struggle.” Light fare will be provided; $10 for non-members, $5 for members. Click here for more information.

American Experience: Freedom Summer Documentary & Panel Discussion

February 10, 2016, 6–9 p.m.
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

Join guest speakers for a discussion on how youth have led the struggle for civil rights, and a screening of the PBS program, American Experience: Freedom Summer. The film documents the 10 memorable weeks when more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation's most segregated states. Light fare will be provided; $10 for non-members, $5 for members. Click here for more information.

Black Panthers Documentary & Panel Discussion

February 17, 2016, 6–9 p.m.
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

Guest speakers will discuss youth resistance to civil wrongs throughout history. Following the discussion there will be a screening of a documentary about the Black Panthers. Light fare will be provided; $10 for non-members, $5 for members. Click here for more information.

From Slave Revolts to Black Lives Matter

February 24, 2016, 6–9 p.m.
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

In this live performance, young people present the ways in which youth fought for civil rights through civil disobedience. Tour the exhibit, “And A Little Child Shall Lead Them.” Light fare will be provided; $10 for non-members, $5 for members. Click here for more information.

 

Reginald F. Lewis Museum Of Maryland African American History & Culture

The 2016 Reginald F. Lewis Museum High School Juried Art Show

January 16 to March 6, 2016
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

View Maryland high school students’ art works examining identity through portraiture. The portraits reflect self-identity, racial identity, diversity as well as family images that portray community. MLK Weekend admission is $5. Presented in partnership with Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland State Educators' Association. Click here for more information.

Third Thursdays

January 21, 2016, 6 p.m.
February 18, 2016, 6 p.m.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

For $10 ($8 for members) on the third Thursday of the month, enjoy late night admission to the galleries until 8 p.m. and a live musical performance. The museum cafe offers soul food for purchase and cash bar to enjoy with the show. Doors at 5 p.m., show at 6 p.m. The Third Thursday series is sponsored by WEAA. Click here for more information.

A Community Conversation with Devin Allen and Fellow Activists

Saturday, January 30, 1pm
Devin Allen's photography of the Baltimore uprising went viral and ultimately graced the cover of TIME magazine in May 2015. Join for a community forum dialoguing with Devin and fellow activists on the aftermath of the Baltimore uprising. Live performances and spoken word by Kondwani Fidel follow. Learn more about the community conversation & be a part of it.

Morgan State Choir Concert Performance-Rejoicing In The Spirit

February 6, 2016, 3 p.m.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Enjoy the stirring sounds of the renowned Morgan State Choir as they perform the traditions of African American spirituals and gospel music. A short talk on the evolution of African American spirituals will take place before the concert. Cost: $25, members and $30, non-members. Click here for more information.

Kevin Jackon, Guitarist

Part of the Third Thursday Performance Series
Thursday, February 18, 6pm
Enjoy a mix of acoustic renditions of rock, contemporary Christian, jazz, and soulful R&B. Jackson has recorded with artists such as Sheila E., Jennifer Holliday, Maysa, Oli Silk, and Chico Debarge. Enjoy the galleries after hours with this live music performance. Cash bar available. Learn more and hear a sample of guitarist Kevin Jackson.

Picture Book Art with Illustrator Shadra Strickland

February 20, 2016, 1 p.m.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Create picture book art with illustrator Shadra Strickland after hearing her children’s book, Sunday Shopping. Ms. Strickland will show children how to draw like an illustrator and discuss how she got started. This program is recommended for children 5-12, and included with museum admission. Click here for more information.

A Film on Hip Hop's Beginnings

Sunday, February 21, 2pm
(82 minutes) In the infancy of hip-hop, photographer Jamel Shabazz documented the pioneers of this genre and style. The documentary Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer weaves his images with intimate interviews with Shabazz himself, graffiti pioneer and hip-hop historian Fred Fab 5 Freddy Brathwaite, legendary rapper KRS-One, and others. See a clip of this documentary on hip hop and RSVP.

Verizon Open House

Saturday, February 27, 10am-5pm
Celebrate Black History Month with an open house at the museum. Enjoy a day full of interactive tours, activities, and entertainment. Sponsored by Verizon. Free. Learn more about this free open house.

Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World

Through April 3, 2016
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

This first comprehensive show of artist Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965) offers a rare glimpse into African American life at the turn of the century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Many of the subjects are descendants of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Ross Tubman. Rose's subjects are portrayed with a dignity and compassion that is rarely seen during this period of art history. The exhibition includes visual depictions of military servicemen, and portraits of Native Americans and Haitians that Rose befriended on her travels. Click here for more information.

 

USS Constellation

“To Catch a Thief!”

Saturdays in February, 1 p.m.
USS Constellation

This one-hour tour aboard USS Constellation will focus on the US ship’s role in intercepting and prohibiting the illegal Atlantic slave trade in the years leading up to the Civil War. Tour and hands-on activities combine to bring into view Constellation’s active career combating the slave trade and her exciting capture of the slave ship Cora from which she rescued 705 captive Africans. The tour is free with admission. Click here for more information.

 

U.S. Naval Academy

African American Milestones in Navy History

January–February 2016
Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis

Included in the exhibit is a timeline from the 18th century to the present chronicling the history of African Americans at the Naval Academy, admirals who graduated from the Naval Academy, and ships named after African Americans and Medal of Honor recipients. Click here for more information.

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Black History Month in Baltimore Places to Visit

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Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
Historic Jonestown
830 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202
(443) 263-1800
B&O Railroad Museum
B&O Railroad Museum
Washington Village
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B&O Railroad Museum
Washington Village
901 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21223
(410) 752-2490
National Aquarium
National Aquarium
Inner Harbor
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National Aquarium
Inner Harbor
501 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-3869
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Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum
Fell's Point
1417 Thames Street Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 685-0295
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The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
Oliver
1601-03 E. North Ave. Baltimore, MD 21213
(410) 563-3404
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American Visionary Art Museum
Inner Harbor
800 Key Highway Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 244-1900
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