Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum Shifts Focus to Contemporary Issues

Source: The Baltimore Sun

In a move that has prompted some raised eyebrows, Charles E. Bethea, the new chief curator of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture has altered the institution’s programming to include works that focus on “the current and often raging conversations happening just beyond its doors,” reports the Baltimore Sun.

In an effort to address local, contemporary issues and engage younger visitors, the Lewis is changing up its usual content. This year, the museum’s “year of the black male,” exhibits include charcoal drawings by James Pate and photos from photographer Devin Allen, who chronicled the Freddie Gray protests.

Allen praised the new direction of the museum’s programming and expressed to the Sun his hopes of it becoming a space where youth can feel comfortable talking about issues of race and community.

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