Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass!

February 15, 2018 to March 2, 2018

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, around 1818; the exact date of his birth was unknown to him, but he chose to mark it on February 14. He spent time in Baltimore as a boy and teen-ager and it was from Baltimore that he made his escape to the North. He became a key figure in the abolitionist struggle, writing his memoirs, publishing newspapers, and making speeches in support of freedom for Black Americans-as well as other civil rights causes.

This exhibit features first editions of some of his many publications, drawn from Sheridan Libraries' collections, in celebration of his 200th birthday.

Special Collections Reading Room, Brody Learning Commons M-level

exhibition title banner freedom papers

Freedom Papers: Black Assertions from the Archives

November 6, 2017 to February 28, 2018

This exhibition weaves together five distinct freedom stories to illustrate the many ways that Black people have transcended the limitations that oppression would otherwise impose, revealing to themselves and others an autonomy of their own making. The items on display include less-known African American materials held by the Department of Special Collections and Archives at the Sheridan Libraries, including an 1886 account of the Amistad trial; a 1937 souvenir program from Josephine Baker; a photograph taken in 1930 of Black Gold Star mothers; and the personal letters and photographs of African American soldiers who served in World War II. These once-hidden items are paired with one-of-a-kind book art pieces created by Baltimore artist Martha Edgerton.

Organized by the Johns Hopkins Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Center for Africana Studies.

Milton S. Eisenhower Library, M-Level
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

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Portrait of Edgar Allen Poe

The Enigmatic Edgar A. Poe in Baltimore & Beyond: Selections from the Susan Jaffe Tane Collection

October 4, 2016 to February 5, 2017

This exhibition of books and objects associated with Edgar Allan Poe, highlighting his innovations and breadth as a writer, included the exceptionally rare publication Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827) and a lock of Poe’s hair. Edgar Allan Poe in 20 Objects, an illustrated book of essays about Poe’s life and work featuring items from the Susan Jaffe Tane Collection, is available for purchase at the Peabody Library and through Amazon.

George Peabody Library
17 E Mt Vernon Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202

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Photo of soldiers sitting on steps

Hopkins and the Great War

September 1, 2016 to January 16, 2016

This multi-campus exhibition explored the impact of World War I on the Johns Hopkins community, including members of the Homewood campus, the hospital and School of Medicine, and the School of Nursing. By looking at the lives of students, faculty, and patrons, we can understand the complex and far-reaching ways the Hopkins community both contributed to and was affected by this devastating global conflict.

George Peabody Library
17 E Mt Vernon Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202

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John Barth Illustration

Lost & Found in the Funhouse: The John Barth Collection

October 12, 2015 to February 28, 2016

This exhibition celebrated the American writer John Barth, known for his masterful literary experiments. Barth’s novels and stories are full of surprises, partly because of his inventive story-telling techniques; the exhibition evoked that playful spirit in its design. You can get a glimpse of Barth’s “workshop” in the online exhibition.

George Peabody Library
17 East Mt. Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202

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