Celebrate Black History Month in Baltimore

Posted January 28, 2010 by Kate Hamman

With ties to many great moments in African American history, Baltimore is an ideal place to celebrate Black History Month. Learn about the lives of those who made a difference at a museum devoted to African American history and culture. Then stop by a bookstore filled with the writings of Frederick Douglass, and end the evening by evoking the soul of jazz in a hip club.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture: Pay a visit to the East Coast's largest African American museum of its kind, located near Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Within its permanent exhibitions, you'll learn about the effects of 200 years of slavery in Maryland, as well as the history of African American labor, native crafts, dance, art, literature, and music. Admission costs $8.

Frederick Douglass Bookstore: Located in the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site visitor's center, this bookstore dedicated to African American history offers a range of books covering topics such as the underground railroad, slavery, and emancipation. You'll also find cookbooks, childrens books, and books written by the man himself, Frederick Douglass. You can buy a copy of the first book Douglas ever wrote, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, for $1.

Club 347: Come listen to musicians playing in the footsteps of jazz legends such as Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and Count Basie, who once jammed on stages all over the city. At Club 347, Baltimore's premier jazz club, you can pull up a chair and get blown away by live performances for free on Mondays and Tuesdays. You might run into a $7 or $8 cover charge other nights, depending on who's performing. Cocktails typically cost about $6 or $7, but the bar offers a happy hour special between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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