Baltimore Celebrates Black History Month and the Legends that Helped Shape the Nation

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 2:30pm


 BALTIMORE, MD (January 16, 2013) - In honor of Black History Month, Baltimore pays tribute to the extraordinary men and women who helped shape the nation. African Americans play a significant role in America’s story, and this is ever present in Baltimore. Through special Black History Month events and exhibitions, discover a city shaped by the contributions of African American visionaries including the likes of world famous jazz singer Billie Holiday; great orator Frederick Douglass, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; and female abolitionist and “conductor” of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman.


Throughout the year, Maryland will celebrate Harriet Tubman’s life and legacy to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her passing. The centennial will include special events, performances, art exhibits and more.


Additionally, visitors to Baltimore have an opportunity to experience three distinctive museums that tell a uniquely American story using the Legends & Legacies Experience Pass. Dig deep into the stories of Harriet Tubman and other legends while touring the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, currently the largest African American museum on the East Coast; the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the first wax museum to celebrate African American history in the nation; and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, a national heritage site that explores African American maritime history.


Black History Month Special Events and Exhibits


The Mountaintop


Through February 24, 2013

The Lorraine Hotel. April 19668. In room 306, Dr. King unwinds and prepares. A visit from a hotel maid offers welcome diversion and a challenging new perspective - but also raises proufound and surprising questions. Already a worldwide sensation, recently hailed in a star-studded Broadway production, Katori Hall's sensitive new play gets its first showing for Baltimore audiences. 


Defining Moments: An Exhibition of Works by Bryan Collier

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture Through May 26, 2013

Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, this rich and vibrant exhibition

showcases the works of award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier, who grew up in Pocomoke, Maryland, on the lower Eastern Shore. Collier’s unique artistic style infuses both watercolors and collage. Works on display includes imagery from his children’s books “Martin’s Big Words,” “Rosa” and “Barack Obama.”


Celebrate Black History Month at the B&O Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum  February 1–28, 2013

The B&O Railroad Museum opens a new African American exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the railroad industry. Learn about the 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.


Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum February 1, 2013–March 1, 2014

Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond will feature the vast talent and wonderful innovations that came from (or were influenced by) African Americans. This special exhibit

will offer irrefutable evidence of African Americans’ profound contribution to the comic book medium and the vital role that black superheroes have played in shaping its unique, ongoing narrative.


Black Sailors in Navy Blue USS Constellation – Pier 1 February 2–24, 2013

Black Sailors in Navy Blue addresses the seldom-visited subject focus of the experiences of sailors of African descent who served at sea during the American Civil War. Tens of thousands of blacks, from

freedmen along the Southern coast to old New England salts, enlisted in Mr. Lincoln’s navy and by 1865,

the last year of the Civil War, blacks constituted 20 percent of the union enlistments. The Black Sailors in Navy Blue walking tour helps examine what those men did, their shipboard life and how their experiences may have varied throughout the fleet. Tours are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays in February 2013 and by appointment throughout the year.


Preach! New Works by Jeffrey Kent Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park February 14–March 31, 2013

In this solo show, Baltimore-based artist Jeffrey Kent criticizes what he sees as some of the opinions maintained within the black Christian community on marriage equality for same-sex couples. Using painting, collage, sculpture and multimedia installation, Kent explores current political events through racially charged imagery. In Preach!, Kent draws parallels between the civil rights movement and the fight for marriage equality in the United States by exploring imagery of racial prejudice.


Musical Roots: From Africa to America

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

February 27, 2013, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Explore the roots of jazz, blues and beyond with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and friends. Uncover the indelible influence of African drumbeats, moving spirituals and ragtime on today’s most popular

genres. Featuring the music of the great Duke Ellington and Baltimore’s own Eubie Blake, this not-to-be-

missed program is fun for you and your child!


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Moneé Cottman
Visit Baltimore