If you don't make it up to Baltimore, you can still see the Emancipation Proclamation here in D.C. at the National Archives.
The call's comin' through loud and clear, Verizon -- you're inviting us to your open house at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, aren't you?!
On Feb. 25 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), visit the museum (830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore) for free and celebrate Black History Month with all Marylanders. And we guess people from other states can go, too.
The free event is being hosted by Verizon as part of their continued community outreach in Maryland. Expect raffle prizes, door prizes and a variety of entertainment activities throughout the day.
View exhibits on black history and learn about noteworthy Marylanders in the fields of education, religion and nonprofit leadership.
The permanent exhibit "Things Hold Lines Connect" shows how 200 years of slavery pulled, and sometimes broke, the bonds of family. "Building Maryland, Building America" shares ways both enslaved and free people developed skills that helped the nation grow, while slavery nonetheless damaged society. And "The Strength of the Mind" shares stories about the creative spirit of African Americans, who used art and music to enrich their lives.
Speaking of history, Reginald F. Lewis was the first African American to build a billion-dollar company and one of the most successful business leaders of the 1980s.
Museum hours on Feb. 25 are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when admission is free. It's usually $8 for adults and $6 for kids.