Recap: Reginald F. Lewis Museum Gala Recap


The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture hosted their annual gala in honor of Delegate Howard “Pete” Rawlings on Saturday, November 1st at Martin’s West (6817 Dogwood Road).

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and family accepted the posthumous award. In her speech the Mayor reflected on the many lessons from her father and also gave accolades to her peers while noting she will be the first black woman President of the United States Conference of Mayors.

Baltimore Native & American Bar Association President Paulette Brown, Esq. received a special Honoree Award from the Museum and echoed the Mayor’s sentiments by saying “Black Girls Rock.” Brown also mentioned how endearing it is to return to her home city and be honored and is looking forward to hosting a ABA reception at the Museum in the near future.

Congressman Elijah Cummings closed the program with fond memories of Delegate Rawlings noting his support for women in politics, their friendship, and his commitment to Baltimore city.


WBAL – TV’s Jason Newton served as Master of Ceremonies for the gala. Guests were treated to a 3 course dinner, open bar, and desert bar. Notables in attendance included City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, Baltimore City States Attorney elect Marilyn Mosby , Councilman Nick Mosby, Dr. Ashanti & Iyonna Woods, and many more.

Attendees also participated in a live auction of various items including signed cleats from Baltimore Orioles & Gold Glove Awardee, Adam Jones. The Panama Band provided live entertainment and kept the dance floor going all night long!

All of the proceeds benefited the Museums programs for children. It was a night of remembering legacies and inspiration to keep thriving for Baltimoreans. To obtain additional information on the RFL Museum and programs please visit