Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast
8:45 am
Mon February 24, 2014

"Keeping It Real" at the Pratt

Photos, dolls and a jacket adorned with a "Black is Beautiful" patch
Photos, dolls and a jacket adorned with a "Black is Beautiful" patch
Credit Jamyla Kay

For more than 25 years, Jean Thompson has been collecting artifacts of the African-American experience. Many of them are now on display at The Enoch Pratt Free Library in an exhibit called "Keeping It Real: One Collector's Quest for Artifacts of African-American Culture and History."  

Tom Hall took a tour with Thompson through the exhibit, and she explained how items like dolls, album covers and photos have made an impact on her and in some cases-have led to a greater understanding about African-American history and her own family history. 

"Keeping It Real" is up until March 30. 

Produced by Jamyla Kay-jamylakay@wypr.org