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Maryland's New African-American Heritage Museum

Architects asked, "How can the spirit of the African-American be expressed in the architecture?"

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture is a "$34 million attraction that opens today at Pratt and President streets. And it clearly resonated with the lead architects, African-Americans Gary Bowden of RTKL Associates in Baltimore and Philip Freelon of the Freelon Group in Durham, N.C." The building is "colorful, upbeat, playful, instantly identifiable." This second-largest African-American heritage museum has exhibits that "simply tell what happened, in a straightforward way. An exhibit on lynching can be found right next to an exhibit on churches. That's how it was in life, and that's how it is here."

Thanks to David Gest

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