"Now, That's Cool!" Explores The African-American Experience In Maryland | WYPR

"Now, That's Cool!" Explores The African-American Experience In Maryland

Aug 15, 2016

An 1802 broadside advertises the capture of two slaves.
Credit Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

 The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture’s latest exhibition is called Now, That’s Cool!  The collection tells the story of the long and varied African-American experience in Maryland, a story that for many decades was defined by slavery, segregation and the legacies of those institutions.  

The exhibit includes more than 40 artifacts collected by the museum over the past 10 years, including a door from the once-segregated Druid Hill Park bathhouses that reads "White Men;" original pictures of abolitionist Frederick Douglass; and a broadside poster from 1802 advertising the capture of two slaves in Frederick, Maryland. 

In this report by producer Bridget Armstrong, museum curator Charles Bethea explains the importance of the exhibition's pieces, and museum visitors share their reactions to the artifacts. 

Now, That's Cool! will be on display at The Reginald F. Lewis museum until December 31.