A Story to Tell
Presented by Banneker-Douglass Museum
November 8, 2023 - January 5, 2024
Curated by Executive Director Chanel C. Johnson, A Story to Tell, is an arts and literacy exhibition celebrating the beauty and importance of Black history, art, and literature. The exhibit features portraits of young men and literary heroes by Maryland artist Ernest Shaw Jr. and children and young adult books presented by Baltimore Read Aloud.
Ernest Shaw Jr. presents large portraits of Black American boys (elementary and teenage youth) and literary heroes, often depicting subjects with African masks that reconnect these individuals to their African roots and traditions. Baltimore Read Aloud presents socially conscious books by Black male, male-identifying, and non-binary authors, carrying out its mission to shine a light on books that have the power to liberate through representation.
The Banneker-Douglass Museum invites families, art lovers, and readers to explore the exhibited art and literature to build incredible connections, appreciation, and understanding of Black history and heritage.