‘For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People’

Inspired by the untold story of the African American behind the Star-Spangled Banner

5/16/2014, 11:05 a.m.
The new exhibition at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, “For Whom It Stands: ...
For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People is a 3,200 square foot exhibition that will open on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. More than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs reflect the breadth of American experiences. (Above): Bang, 1994, acrylic and collage on canvas, The Progressive Art Collection. (Photo: The Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, Ohio)

Caribbean Heritage and Wave Your Flag Celebration

June 14, 2014. 12-4pm

During Caribbean American Heritage Month, we screen The Merikens, a documentary about a community in Trinidad descended from enslaved people of the Chesapeake. The ancestors of Merikens were runaway slaves who joined the British forces during the War of 1812. In exchange for their service, they were resettled in a British colony after the war. St. Veronica's Youth Steel Orchestra closes out the afternoon with a Caribbean-style rendition of our National Anthem. The event is a part of the Smithsonian's national Raise It Up celebration.

Companion Exhibit For Whom It Stands, TOO Opens

July 1, 2014-September 14, 2014

The museum held an open call for flag-related artwork. Selected works are included in For Whom It Stands, and in this companion exhibition. For Whom It Stands, TOO will be on view at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House & Museum, 844 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

The National Anthem, Remixed

September 14, 2014. 6-8pm

Renowned beat box artist Shodekeh leads a new interpretation of the national anthem using virtuoso vocal percussion. Performers include the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, a group that performs improvised hip hop, and Classical Revolution, a collection of classically-trained musicians who perform classical music in unexpected places.

The exhibition and programs have been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.