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“Safety in Numbers: Portraits of East Baltimore’s "Reservation"

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"First Sliding Board Ever" Young Stanton Lewis (Lumbee) holds onto the sliding board at the community daycare led by Vera Shank, a Quaker woman, and mothers of the American Indian community, in Dec. 1968. This daycare was housed in the catholic church at E. Baltimore and Washington Streets. The image is part of the online exhibit: “Safety in Numbers: Portraits of East Baltimore’s 'Reservation'" Photo: Courtesy Mary Helen Lewis

Artist, scholar and historian Ashley Minner Jones has researched and created a walking tour of Baltimore’s Lumbee Community. There’s an accompanying website and a phone app for self guided tours, too. Now -- another layer is added to the record: it’s an exhibition called “Safety in Numbers: Portraits of East Baltimore’s “Reservation." The exhibit goes live Thursday March 9, with an online event at 7 p.m.

Jones along with co-curator and Lumbee culture bearer, Stanton Lewis, share the stories behind the images.

Links: East Baltimore's Historic Indian 'Reservation' website, Baltimore's Lumbee community walking tour app, Safety in Numbers event info.

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