WASHINGTON (AP) — Although the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture opens Saturday in the heart of Washington, its neighboring state of Maryland has a strong presence.
From a freed slave house in Montgomery County to photographs of Baltimore’s unrest after Freddie Gray’s death, Maryland’s black experience throughout history is broadly represented. According to the museum’s online collection, Maryland was in the top 15 states with the most artifacts.
Artifacts from Maryland on display include an early 1800s stone slave auction block from Hagerstown, a paper cutter from the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper and a copy of the book “This Child’s Gonna Live” by Maryland-born Sarah E. Wright, who portrayed the lives of a black family set by the state’s Eastern Shore.
Paul Gardullo, a curator at the museum, said it’s crucial to reflect the “deeply important” history of Maryland to African-American life.