LEWIS MUSEUM MEDIA PREVIEW
The Premiere of Two Special Exhibits Celebrate Black History
BALTIMORE, MD — January
27, 2006 — Join us on Wednesday, February 1, 2006
for a special Media Preview of the new special exhibit “Distant Echoes:
Black Farmers in America” at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, located in Baltimore’s
Inner Harbor. The media preview will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30
This event marks the first time the media will be able to tour this special
exhibition prior to its opening to the public on February 3, 2006. “Distant Echoes:
America’s Black Farmers” is a photographic exhibition which depicts
the lives and working conditions of black farmers from various parts of the
United States. The exhibition features the work of John Francis Ficara, a
editorial photographer whose work has been featured numerous times on the
cover of Newsweek Magazine, as well as a variety of domestic and international
The Media will have an opportunity to meet John Francis Ficara, as well as the
co-curators of the exhibition Margaret Hutto and Nona Martin.
Media will also be the first to view the Reginald Lewis Museum’s new community
gallery exhibit, “From Freedom’s Shadow: African Americans and the
United States Capitol.” This exhibit covers the involvement of African
Americans in the U.S. Capitol, from enslaved labor during construction to
current Congressional representation. Curator Felicia Bell will also be at
to talk about this exhibition.
Cardinal William Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, will be visiting the Museum
that morning and will be joining us for the special exhibition tour.
Both of these exhibitions are receiving their premiere in Baltimore, and will
be traveling around the country after being displayed at the Reginald Lewis Museum.
This event kicks off a series of programs commemorating Black History Month at
the Reginald Lewis Museum.
Media Event on Wednesday, February 1, 2006
am: Media Sign-in and refreshments (Enter front
door of Reginald Lewis Museum)
10:00 am: Welcome and Introduction
of Exhibitions George Russell, Board Chairman, Reginald
Lewis Museum Sandy Bellamy, Executive Director,
Reginald Lewis Museum, John Francis Ficara,, Photographer of “Distant
Margaret Hutto, Co-curator, “Distant Echoes”, Felicia Bell,
Freedom’s Shadow” exhibition
10:30 am: Tour of “From Freedom’s Shadow” led
by Felicia Bell
Tour of “Distant Echoes” led by John Francis Ficara
Following the tour, the media may conduct interviews with all participants including
Cardinal Keeler who will be visiting the Museum.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 am
WHERE: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture,
830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.
(Please use front entrance)
RSVP: Members of the media planning to attend the Media Preview
Day are asked to RSVP by sending an e-mail message to Stinson@maamc.org.
To learn more about the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
or to obtain visitor information, please visit the Museum’s web site
at www.AfricanAmericanCulture.org or call 443-263-1800.
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