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Gabriel Tenabe

Gabriel Tenabe is the Director of the Office of Museums. He has been active with the James E. Lewis Museum of Art (JELMA) for more than thirty years and has served as the Director of the JELMA since 1990.  He has an extensive background in the arts and museum studies. He received his Teachers' Certificate in education from Owo Divisional Teachers Training College in Nigeria.  He is a co-founder of the Society of Professional Artists of Nigeria. He received his Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Art History and Museology from Morgan State University. A major part of his training was under the direct guidance of James E. Lewis. The Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum falls under the Office of Museums, which Mr. Tenabe oversees. 


Iris Leigh Barnes, Ph.D.

Associate Director and Curator

Dr. Iris Leigh Barnes is the Associate Director and Curator of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum in Baltimore, which is an offsite unit of Morgan State University. She earned her doctorate degree in History with a concentration in African American and Twentieth-Century United States History; her master's degree in Museum Studies and Historical Preservation; and her bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and Art Education. She has received numerous awards: the Excellence in Exhibitions and Programming Award from the Maryland Historical Trust, a Diversity Fellowship from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the John Kinard SEMC JIMI Award from the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture, among them. She serves on the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, Harford County Historic Preservation  Commission, and the Walter's Art Museum Engagement Committee. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association of Interpretation (NAI), specializing in training museum staff in developing inclusive interpretation that gives voice and agency to marginalized groups.



Director of the Office of Museums

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