(BALTIMORE – May 29, 2020) – Statement of Jacqueline Copeland, Executive Director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture on the ongoing violence against African Americans erupting throughout the country:
“George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Christian Cooper, Breonna Taylor, and others who go unnamed. The list of African Americans who have been unjustly accused or threatened by police and community violence continues to grow.The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture has in its collections, artifacts and objects that speak to the violence that Black bodies have had to endure for 400 years. Our society must finally confront racism that fails to recognize African American humanity. In the words of President Barack Obama, ‘This should not be normal in 2020‘. Our thoughts remain with the families of those lost too soon and so senselessly.“
About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is Maryland’s largest museum dedicated to the State’s African American experience. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, community events and family programming.