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
Credit Jamyla Kay

Tom Hall and Jean Thompson tour "Keeping It Real" at The Enoch Pratt Free Library.

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