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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.

Baltimore is an epicenter of African American culture and heritage, with a wealth of organizations honoring our unique cultural legacy year-round, but with particular emphasis on events in January surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day and throughout February, Black History Month. Below is more information about special events.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month Events

Monday, Jan. 16

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts celebrate the 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. The parade commemorates the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, 2017 at noon. More than 50 groups participate in the parade including high school and community bands, honor/color guards, equestrian units, fraternities & sororities, lively dance squads and civic organizations. A wide variety of organizations and performance groups from around the region march to honor the legacy of the late Dr. King. For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, call 410-752-8632


Monday, Jan. 16

Train Rides at the B&O to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Beginning at noon, 901 W. Pratt St.
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In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the B&O will offer a special day of train rides with paid admission to the museum. Family and friends can enjoy a round-trip ride along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in America, recognized as the birthplace of American railroading.


Saturday, Feb. 4 (Snow date: March 25)

Picturing Frederick Douglass with John Stauffer, Ph.D., Harvard University
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.
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As the most photographed American in the 19th century, the landmark work “Picturing Frederick Douglass” by Dr. John Stauffer examines how Douglass embraced photography and its influence in shaping public opinion.


Saturday, Feb. 4

To Catch a Thief Tour
3 p.m. on the USS Constellation historic ship, 301 E. Pratt St.
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Every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. during Black History Month, Historic Ships in Baltimore will offer its To Catch a Thief Tour aboard the USS Constellation. These tours focus on the ship's capture of the slave ship CORA and general role in the fight against the international slave trade.


Saturday, Feb. 4

Free Tours Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum
Noon to 4 p.m., Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum,
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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.


Sunday, Feb. 5

To Catch a Thief Tour
3 p.m. on the USS Constellation historic ship, 301 E. Pratt St.
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Every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. during Black History Month, Historic Ships in Baltimore will offer its To Catch a Thief Tour aboard the USS Constellation. These tours focus on the ship's capture of the slave ship CORA and general role in the fight against the international slave trade.


Saturday, Feb. 11

Baltimore Black Memorabilia Fine Art & Crafts Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.
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Spend the day acquiring black memorabilia, fine art and crafts. Meet Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, for a book signing.


Saturday, Feb. 11

Creativity Exchange: Intersections Between Black Artists & Black-Owned Businesses
12-5 p.m., The Baltimore Museum of Art
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Participate in a lively discussion with Baltimore-based artists and entrepreneurs about the unique ways they collaborate on innovative projects. Chat with the panelists, network with each other during the reception and vendor fair, and join in a free workshop to creatively strengthen your business skills. Space in the workshop is limited. Reserve your ticket at artbma.org. This event has been generously co-sponsored by the Joshua Johnson Council.


Saturday, Feb. 11

Noon to 4 p.m., Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum,
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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.


Saturday, Feb. 11

To Catch a Thief Tour
3 p.m. on the USS Constellation historic ship, 301 E. Pratt St.
Click here for information

Every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. during Black History Month, Historic Ships in Baltimore will offer its To Catch a Thief Tour aboard the USS Constellation. These tours focus on the ship's capture of the slave ship CORA and general role in the fight against the international slave trade.


Sunday, Feb. 12

To Catch a Thief Tour
3 p.m. on the USS Constellation historic ship, 301 E. Pratt St.
Click here for information

Every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. during Black History Month, Historic Ships in Baltimore will offer its To Catch a Thief Tour aboard the USS Constellation. These tours focus on the ship's capture of the slave ship CORA and general role in the fight against the international slave trade.


Feb. 14–20

Frederick Douglass Week Tours
Info: Contact Lou Fields, 443-983-7974 or Click here for information

Join BBH Tours to celebrate the life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass with lectures, re-enactments, tours and discussions.


Thursday, Feb. 16

Third Thursday Late Admission and Music
5-8 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.
$8 members/$10 non-members
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Enjoy late-night admission to the galleries and a live musical performance. Doors open at 5 p.m., with performances beginning at 6 p.m. Sponsored by WEAA.


Thursday, Feb. 16

“Never Caught: Ona Judge, The Washingtons, and the Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave” Book Talk and Reception
5 p.m. reception followed by talk at Mason Hall Auditorium, 3101 Wyman Park Drive
Free, advance registration requested
Info: 410-516-5589

Historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar, the Blue and Gold Professor of Black Studies and History at the University of Delaware, discusses her new book recounting the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked it all to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom. The event is hosted by Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Museum, the 1801 National Historic Landmark property built by Maryland’s Carroll family.


Saturday, Feb. 18

The Gigi Gumspoon Show
2 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.
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Sing along with early childhood teaching artist Gigi Gumspoon as she promotes the African philosophy of “Ubuntu”, a sense of community and humanity.


Saturday, Feb. 18

Noon to 4 p.m., Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum,
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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.


Saturday, Feb. 18

To Catch a Thief Tour
3 p.m. on the USS Constellation historic ship, 301 E. Pratt St.
Click here for information

Every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. during Black History Month, Historic Ships in Baltimore will offer its To Catch a Thief Tour aboard the USS Constellation. These tours focus on the ship's capture of the slave ship CORA and general role in the fight against the international slave trade.


Sunday, Feb. 19

To Catch a Thief Tour
3 p.m. on the USS Constellation historic ship, 301 E. Pratt St.
Click here for information

Every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. during Black History Month, Historic Ships in Baltimore will offer its To Catch a Thief Tour aboard the USS Constellation. These tours focus on the ship's capture of the slave ship CORA and general role in the fight against the international slave trade.


Sunday, Feb. 19

“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”
2-3:30 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.
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Follow the 18 African American athletes who defied Adolf Hitler and Jim Crow to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympics. A post-film discussion with filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper and local Olympians will follow.


Wednesday, Feb. 22

Artist Talk: “Seventeen Men: Portraits of Black Civil War Soldiers”
6:30 p.m. at Evergreen Museum & Library, 4545 N. Charles St.
Free, Advance registration is requested by calling 410-516-0341, or by email. Walk-in registration is based on seating availability.
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Michigan artist Shayne Davidson discusses her exhibition “Seventeen Men: Portraits of Black Civil War Soldiers,” on view through June 4, 2017 at Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library.


Saturday, Feb. 25

Verizon Open House at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.
Free
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Verizon sponsors the annual event and provides some programming and information tables related to black organizations.


Saturday, Feb. 25

Tea and Tour with American Girl Doll Addy Walker
2 p.m. at Mount Clare Museum House, 1500 Washington Blvd.
$6 members/$10 non-members
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American Girl Doll Addy Walker was an enslaved girl who sought freedom with her mother in Philadelphia. Learn about the difficult decisions Addy had to make and her adjustment from slavery to freedom during this tea for children ages 4 to 12. The event includes tea, conversation, crafting a wooden spool doll like Addy’s, and a tour of Mount Clare that explains the history of slavery at Mount Clare and in Baltimore.


Saturday, Feb. 25

Black History Month Lunch Cruise
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Spirit of Baltimore, 561 Light St.
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Cruise will include a lunch buffet and feature a special narration highlighting moments of Black History across Baltimore’s waterfront. A DJ will play a set list in tribute to notable African-American artists, such as Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Diana Ross, Prince and others.


Saturday, Feb. 25

Noon to 4 p.m., Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum,
Click here for information

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.


Saturday, Feb. 25

To Catch a Thief Tour
3 p.m. on the USS Constellation historic ship, 301 E. Pratt St.
Click here for information

Every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. during Black History Month, Historic Ships in Baltimore will offer its To Catch a Thief Tour aboard the USS Constellation. These tours focus on the ship's capture of the slave ship CORA and general role in the fight against the international slave trade.


Sunday, Feb. 26

To Catch a Thief Tour
3 p.m. on the USS Constellation historic ship, 301 E. Pratt St.
Click here for information

Every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. during Black History Month, Historic Ships in Baltimore will offer its To Catch a Thief Tour aboard the USS Constellation. These tours focus on the ship's capture of the slave ship CORA and general role in the fight against the international slave trade.


Exhibits

Through Feb. 28

“Makers of the Railroad: African Americans on the B&O”
The B&O Railroad Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate

The exhibition includes rare images from the B&O Railroad photograph collection, uniform pieces of dining car porters, baggage and equipment used by African American workers for passenger service, and history of African Americans on the railroad, serving as porters, waiters, chefs, and innovators.


Through Dec. 31, 2017

“Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male”
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.
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“Sons” is more than a photographic study of the modern African American male. It is also an examination of how African American men are perceived. The exhibition asks visitors to compare their perceptions to reality, journeying through four parts of the gallery. The exhibition asks visitors to compare their perceptions to reality, journeying through four parts of the gallery. From this microcosm of African American males, visitors can learn of some of the realities and challenges facing African American men.


Through Feb. 28

The Eubie Blake Cultural Center
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One Baltimore family, three generations of photographers, documenting the strength, beauty and pride of the African American community during 1940's-’60s segregation and the Civil Rights Movement.


February

“Ebb & Flow: The Story of the Chesapeake Bay”
The National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St.
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Journey into Baltimore's past as Tha National Aquarium celebrates Black History Month with an evening themed "Ebb & Flow: The Story of the Chesapeake Bay." The aquarium will shed some light on black history throughout the region with music, dance, theatrical performances and more. Live jazz will transport guests back to one of Baltimore's legendary jazz clubs, allowing you to explore exhibits in style.


February

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
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Celebrate Black History Month throughout the entire month of February at The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. The museum hosts an assortment of events including roundtables, documentaries, panel discussions and more.

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Black History Month in Baltimore Places to Visit

Directions
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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