Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 4:15pm

BALTIMORE, MD - From Black History Month celebrations across the city to art exhibits, lectures and cultural events year-round, visitors are invited to discover the legends and legacies that made Baltimore great—and hear the stories of everyday people whose courage laid the foundation for the future. Throughout history, African American artists, activists and thinkers have played an integral role in American society and the world.

Visitors are invited to partake in one of many special events taking place throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month and explore three distinctive museums that tell a uniquely American story using the Legends & Legacies Heritage Pass, which is available year-round. Dig deep into the stories of Harriet Tubman and other legends while touring the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 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.

Below is a sampling of special events taking place in Baltimore. For a complete list please visit

“To Catch a Thief!”
USS Constellation
Saturdays in February, 1 p.m.
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.

Celebrate Black History Month at the B&O presented by AMTRAK®
B&O Railroad Museum
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.

National Aquarium Celebrates Black History Month
The National Aquarium
February 5, 2016, 5-8 p.m.
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. All activities are included with Aquarium admission.

Morgan State Choir Concert Performance: Rejoicing In The Spirit
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
February 6, 2016, 3 p.m.
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.

Baltimore “MASTERS” Art of the Ancestors
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum
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.

Youth as Freedom Fighters – You on the Front Lines of Battle
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 5 – 8 p.m.
Guest panelists will discuss youth that have been leaders in the struggle for civil rights. Following the discussion there will be a screening of the PBS program, American Experience: Freedom Summer. The film documents the 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, in which 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 - even in the face of intimidation, physical violence, and death.

The Hero’s Fight
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 1-3 p.m.
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. Free with museum admission.

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. For more information, call 443-983-7974 or email [email protected].

Entangled Lives: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Homewood Museum
February 18, 2016, 6-7 p.m.
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.

Picture Book Art with Illustrator Shadra Strickland
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
February 20, 2016, 1 p.m.
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.

Fighting for Civil Rights Through Civil Disobedience
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
February 24, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Features live performance by youth presenting the ways in which youth fought for civil rights through civil disobedience. Black and white youth in the 1960’s who were called upon to sit-in, sit down, and sit still in the face of water hoses, attacking dogs, and billy clubs as they fought to bring about the beginning of civil rights and the end to war. Event will include a tour of exhibit And A Little Child Shall Lead Them.

Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
Through April 3, 2016
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.

The 6th Annual Black History Month Student Competition & Art Exhibition
Creative Alliance
February 27 - March 5, 2016; Tue - Sat 11am-7pm
Continuing the annual collaboration between Johns Hopkins University, Creative Alliance, and area schools, the Creative Alliance’s Amalie Rothschild Gallery will feature winning artworks by East Baltimore public school students. Students from kindergarten through twelfth grades create mixed-media works to depict the history of African Americans specific to Baltimore City. Winning entries created during February’s Black History Month earn money for their respective schools in prizes ranging from $100 to $1000 for first place.

Black History Family Night!
Creative Alliance
Sunday, February 28, 2016; 5 p.m.
Families are invited for an evening of music, dance, and theater performances, celebrating Black History Month! The performances feature the Creative Alliance Teaching Artists staff; Mama Rashida of Wombwork, Urban Foli, Creative Alliance Baltimore Club Dance Team, Shalanda Hansboro, and Sheena Black. The event is hosted by Ti Coleman of Baltimore Improv Group.

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Christina Perry


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