Mon, November 16, 2020
12:00 p.m. EST
The museum is currently closed.
Kaili Lockbeam and Jacquelyn Bullock from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture will tell the story of a Marylander who participated in the original wartime musical This is the Army. The presentation will feature objects from that museum’s collection.
The American musical revue This is the Army premiered on Broadway in 1942. Staged as a benefit to support military families, the show cast hundreds of off-duty soldiers in a patriotic tale spanning both World Wars. Songs written by Irving Berlin include “This Is the Army Mr. Jones,” “I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen,” and “What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear" sung by a chorus of African American soldiers.
Kaili Lockbeam is the registrar at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. She previously earned a master’s degree from GW in Museum Studies and worked for more than five years at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where she contributed to comprehensive inventory projects. At the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Lockbeam has supported several exhibitions including Romare Bearden: Visionary Artist; Elizabeth Catlett: Artist as Activist; and most recently Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake.
To participate, register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining the program on Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (12 p.m. EST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.
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