BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Four museums and two universities in Maryland were awarded a combined $1 million in American Rescue Plan funds earmarked for educational institutions, Maryland’s Congressional Democrats announced on Tuesday.

In Baltimore, the Walters Art Museum received $463,555, the B&O Railroad Museum received $200,000, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum received $143,859 and the University of Maryland, Baltimore received $47,254 to offset operational costs incurred during the pandemic.

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Additionally, St. Mary’s College of Maryland was awarded $144,307 and London Town Foundation, Inc. got $49,500, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone said in a joint release.

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“Our local museums, colleges, and universities play a critical role in showcasing Maryland’s culture, history, and art – serving as an essential education resources in the humanities. But, like many businesses across out state, these organizations were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the lawmakers said in a statement. “This American Rescue Plan funding will ensure these important educational organizations and institutions across our state can continue serving and inspiring Marylanders.”

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Relief funding comes from the Sustaining the Humanities program in the American Rescue Plan, and was distributed by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

CBS Baltimore Staff