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Black History Month Series

Join The Mariners’ Museum and Park during the month of February as we celebrate Black History Month through programs, living history, lectures, and hands-on activities for children and adults. All programs are free with $1 Museum admission.


Nathan Richardson portrays Frederick Douglass

Nathan Richardson portrays Frederick Douglass

Saturday, February 2, 2019 · 1:00 PM

Poet, Author, Spoken Word Performer Nathan M. Richardson captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the great writer, orator, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Experience living history through his performance with special emphasis on the part of Douglas’ life working in the shipyards in Fells Point, Baltimore, MD.


The Water Princess

Maritime Mondays

Monday, February 4, 2019 · 10:30 AM

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how maritime connects each of us through story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to age 8.

In honor of Black History Month, enjoy this week’s book, The Water Princess, which is based on the real life childhood experience of supermodel Georgie Badiel, who dreamed of bringing clean drinking water to her African village. Written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.


Photo of Adriane Lentz-Smith

EVENING LECTURE:

African Americans and the War for Democracy

Presented by Adriane Lentz-Smith

Thursday, February 7, 2019 · 7:00 PM

Adriane Lentz-Smith, associate professor of History at Duke University, will focus on the experience of African American civilians and soldiers in the war years, and how World War I shaped the black freedom struggle.

This is an evening lecture. FREE for Members, $5 General Admission.

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Waters of Despair and Hope: African Americans and the Chesapeake Bay

Saturday, February 9, 2019 · 1:00 PM

Discover the major influences and impact that Africans and African Americans have had on the Chesapeake Bay since the early 1600s through today.


Anansi and the Magic Stick

Maritime Mondays

Monday, February 11, 2019 · 10:30 AM

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how maritime connects each of us through story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to age 8.

What happens when you get more than you bargained for? Follow along with Anansi and the Magic Stick to find out. Written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Janet Stevens. This book helps us celebrate Black History Month.


Egypt in Africa…….?

Saturday, February 16, 2019 · 1:00 PM

The nation of Egypt, while located in North Africa, has a history that is among the oldest in the world and is distinct from the rest of the continent. Do Egyptians today associate their culture with the wider narrative of African history? Do Egyptians – past and present – consider themselves “black?” In today’s world, the notion of where and how Egypt fits with the rest of Africa is more complex than simple geography.

During this program, Museum content developer Erika Cosme explores the modern debate about Egypt’s relationship with Africa’s history, race, and culture, while discussing the ways Egyptians have viewed themselves over the centuries.


The Princess and the Pea

Maritime Mondays

Monday, February 18, 2019 · 10:30 AM

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how maritime connects each of us through story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to age 8.

In honor of Black History Month, enjoy this week’s book, The Princess and the Pea, by Rachel Isadora. The author gives this Hans Christian Andersen classic a fresh spin, set in Africa, as a prince travels the world in search of a “real princess” to marry.


Hands-On History

Saturday, February 23, 2019 · 1:00 PM

Are you the type of museum guest who routinely bangs your forehead on a glass case while trying to get a closer look at an object (or artifact)? Enjoy our Hands on History program and feel the weight of a cannonball, try on a sailors palm, or closely examine the fine lines of a piece of scrimshaw. These are just a few of the objects you’ll experience! For the month of February, this program will relate to African and African American culture and history.


Anansi Goes Fishing

Maritime Mondays

Monday, February 25, 2019 · 10:30 AM

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how maritime connects each of us through story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to age 8.

In another wonderful children’s story written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Janet Stevens, Anansi the spider plans to trick a friend into catching his dinner but things take an interesting turn. Come find out what happens in Anansi Goes Fishing!