A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture
WHEN: September 24, 2016 which is Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!
WHERE: B & O RR Museum, 901 w. Pratt St., Baltimore
ADMISSION: FREE for those who register on their website
The B&O Railroad Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, announced today the opening of a special exhibition to celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
A poster exhibition produced by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) titled, A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be featured along with rare artifacts from the B&O’s collection in a complimentary exhibit Makers of the Railroad: African Americans on the B&O.
A Place for All People, created in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is based on the museum’s inaugural exhibitions exploring African American history, culture and community. The African American story is one characterized by pain and glory, power and civility, enslavement and freedom. The exhibition is a multi-disciplinary tribute to the best ideals of the American philosophy. A Place for All People evokes the power of oration and freedom stories, the brilliance of artistic achievement, and the soaring heights of cultural expression, philosophy, sports, and politics. In addition to profiling the long struggle to create the museum, the building’s architectural design and its prominent location on the National Mall, the poster exhibit is a survey of the African American community’s powerful, deep and lasting contributions to the American story.
Using rare artifacts and images Makers of the Railroad tells the story of African American porters, waiters, and chefs on the B&O Railroad’s passenger trains. Long hours, hard work, and days away from home and family characterized these jobs that were held in high esteem in the African American community. The legacy their work on the B&O Railroad is inherent in the history of the B&O’s exquisite Chesapeake dining car cuisine and stories of comfort, quality, and excellence of service to passengers unrivalled by any other.
B&O Railroad Museum Executive Director, Courtney B. Wilson remarked, “As a Smithsonian Affiliate, we are proud to celebrate with our colleagues opening this long awaited and important national museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C. and provides the B&O Railroad Museum with a platform on which to tell the compelling stories of African American contributions to passenger service for generations.
A Place for All People and Makers of the Railroad will be on exhibit at the B&O Railroad Museum through February 28, 2017.
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, a full affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture and economy. The Museum is home to the oldest, most comprehensive collection of railroad artifacts in the Western Hemisphere including an unparalleled roster of 19th and 20th century railroad equipment. The 40-acre historic site is regarded as the birthplace of American Railroading and includes the 1851 Mt. Clare Station, the 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse and first mile of commercial railroad track in America.
For further information on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, please call 410-752-2490 or visit www.borail.org.