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Founded in 1892 by a freedman named John H. Murphy, The Baltimore Afro-American expanded to 13 editions across the country, giving voice to early black writers like Langston Hughes. At least one of its delivery boys rose to prominence—lawyer, businessman and museum founder Reginald F. Lewis.

In honor of The AFRO’s 120th anniversary, the
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture mounts “Growing Up AFRO: Snapshots of Black Childhood from the Afro-American Newspapers.” The exhibition features 120 images from the paper’s archives that document the integral roles young people played in African-American history, from delivering papers to fronting picket lines.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., 443.263.1800, www.africanamericanculture.com