“The Douglass Reading Room”
Inspiring Community through Art + History + Books
June 5, 2018 – February 29, 2019
In celebration of the “Year of Frederick Douglass,” The Douglass Reading Room, features books written by and about Frederick Douglass and other influential African American authors. There will also be art works by noted artists: Elizabeth Catlett and Romare Bearden. Guest curated by Greg Morton of Baltimore, this interactive exhibit brings to life the writings and living quarters of Frederick Douglass connecting historical themes with modern day discussions.
The exhibit opened on June 5, 2018 and runs until February 28, 2019. This exhibition will host several Douglass Reading Room public programs throughout the year including book readings, art exhibits, and educational workshops.
Featured Artists, June 5th – August 11, 2018: John T. Biggers, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jamea Richmond Edwards, Joan Gaither, Ph.D, Jacob Lawrence, Amy Sherald, Derrick Adams, Emory Douglas, Arvay Adams, and Makeba Rainey.
The Permanent Exhibit
Deep Roots, Rising Waters:
A Celebration of African Americans in Maryland
- Find out about Maryland’s first African American settler, Mathias De Sousa.
- Learn how Benjamin Banneker was able to use his almanac as an anti-slavery protest to Thomas Jefferson.
- See the advertisement for the slave auction Kunta Kinte was sold in.
- Hear one of Frederick Douglass’s speeches against racism and slavery.
- View a reward poster for Harriet Tubman while re-enacting a slave escape like that of Lear Green.
- Explore Maryland’s ties to North Pole expeditions through citizens Matthew Henson and Herbert Frisby.
- Listen to stories and music from Carr’s Beach and Sparrow’s Beach.
- Discover how Thurgood Marshall fought to change the education system in the United States.
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