Broken Chains

Major exhibit uses artifacts, modern art to explore the scourge of slavery and the role that Maryland played in ending it

February 04, 2007|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,Sun Art Critic

A SPIKED COLLAR MEANT FOR A human neck. A 1976 collage by Romare Bearden. A Quaker's table with secret compartments for abolitionist tracts. A contemporary quilt with images recounting the history of slavery in Maryland.

These items, both old and new, offer fresh insights into a way of life that once dominated Maryland's politics and economy. They are on view in At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland, a landmark exhibition that opened this weekend at the Maryland Historical Society and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

AT FREEDOM'S DOOR: CHALLENGING SLAVERY IN MARYLAND / / Exhibit by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Maryland Historical Society / / 443-263-1800, 410-685-3750, africanamericanculture.org or www.mdhs.org

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