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Hard workin’ pilgrims: Lumbee Indians in Baltimore City Industry exhibition

10/3/2014, 6 a.m.
The Baltimore American Indian Center Heritage Museum proudly presents the exhibit “Hard Workin’ Pilgrims: Lumbee Indians in Baltimore City Industry.”
Redell and Jeanette Hunt on the occasion when Redell received $10,000 for suggestion award at General Motors is one of the photographs featured in the “Hard Workin’ Pilgrims: Lumbee Indians in Baltimore City Exhibition,” currently on display at the Baltimore American Indian Center Heritage Museum (Photo Courtesy of the Baltimore American Indian Center Heritage Museum)

The Baltimore American Indian Center Heritage Museum proudly presents the exhibit “Hard Workin’ Pilgrims: Lumbee Indians in Baltimore City Industry.” The exhibit featuring photographs, oral histories and material cultural artifacts of Baltimore’s first generation of Lumbee residents will run until summer 2015 at the museum located at 113 South Broadway Street in Baltimore City. A reception and panel discussion with Lumbee Elders will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Museum hours are Thursdays and Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Thousands of men, women and children of all nationalities and races propelled Baltimore into the Industrial Age. After World War II, a large of Lumbee Indians migrated from rural North Carolina to Baltimore City. Like other groups, they came seeking employment in order to improve their quality of life. They settled in Southeast Baltimore, concentrated in a 64-block area from Broadway Street to Patterson Park. This became and remains the largest Lumbee community outside of Lumbee tribal territory in existence.

With them, these Lumbee brought their culture and traditions, which they have kept and shared in our city over the years. This exhibit and public program spotlights some of their little known history, their contributions and their legacy in Baltimore.

Previously at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, join us to welcome this exhibit home to the heart of our community, the Baltimore American Indian Center Heritage Museum. Admission to the reception and panel discussion is FREE to the public. Admission to the Museum during the month of October is FREE in connection with Free Fall Baltimore.

Founded in 1968, the Baltimore American Indian Center (BAIC) is a community based non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of Native Americans living in the State of Maryland by providing social, economic and training assistance, and access to health-related services.