We are booking tours Friday through Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM. Tours are available starting Sunday, May 22.

May 22, 2022

SAAM's Open!

We have finally opened the doors of our museum after the winter pause. 

New exhibitions and experiences are waiting to be discovered

We are open Friday through Sunday
from 11 AM to 3 PM.


SAAM is proud to represent the best of our community. Stop by and see what we have to offer.

July 17 to September 10

My Love of Our Community

Solo Exhibition | Artist John Pinderhughes

New York-based photographer John Pinderhughes has combined careers in advertising and fine art photography. His commercial work includes advertising campaigns for major corporations while his fine art has developed quite separately. Pinderhughes is known for expansive landscapes and pictures that explore the relationship between people and their environment, traditions, and points of view. Although he describes himself as “primarily self-taught,” his photographs display a deep understanding of light, shape, and form. His work has been exhibited at many galleries, including New York City’s Museum of Modern Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, and has appeared in several books, including Barbara Millstein’s Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers (2001). He has published several books of his own, including cookbooks and children’s books.

John Pinderhughes was born on January 28, 1946, in Washington, D.C. He was raised in Alabama and New Jersey, where he attended Montclair High School before going on to Howard University to major in marketing. Though he attended from 1964 to 1968, Pinderhughes did not complete his degree, dropping out in his senior year to take up photography. He later attended the WNET Film and Television Training School in 1971 and 1972.





To promote an understanding and appreciation of African American culture by creating programs that will preserve the past, encourage learning and enhance the life of the community. SAAM will research and collect local history, produce media events, create exhibits and community celebrations.

A Bit of SAAM History

The Southampton African American Museum (SAAM) began in 2005 under the name The East End African American Museum and Center for Excellence. Until now, it has functioned as a virtual museum—hosting events and exhibits in public spaces throughout Southampton Village—most notably the Annual Southampton African American Film Festival. Our NEW home for SAAM is located at 245 North Sea Road in Southampton, NY. Affectionally called “The Barbershop," the building was a local gathering place for area African Americans from the 1940s until its closing. In 2010, the Village Historic Preservation Board designated it as the first African American historic landmark in the Village of Southampton, and the process was started to transform it into our permanent space.

Transforming a Landmark

We are so excited to finally have a home for our community and a place to showcase our exhibits and host events. See how 245 North Sea Road has evolved from a gathering place of the past to a destination for the future—step by step!

Treasure The Past: Pyrrhus Concer

Pyrrhus Concer was born on March 17, 1814 to an enslaved mother, Violet; following her status, he too became the property (whether technically a slave or an indentured servant) of his mother’s owner Captain Nathan Cooper in Southampton. Subsequently, Concer was sold to Mr. Elias Pelletreau II for the sum of $25.00. Five years old at the time of his sale, Concer had no choice regarding his transfer, leaving his mother behind when he was still a young child. Even after slavery ended in 1826, Pyrrhus Concer apparently remained in the Pelletreau household until he was about 26 years old.


Explore our past events and exhibits

Black Angels Over Tuskegee

Written & Directed by Layon Gray

The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen

Sponsored by SAAM
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Hamptons Arts Network Thaw Fest

Performance by Taylor Burgess

Southampton Historical Museum

Sponsored by SAAM

SAAM 9th Annual Film Festival

Performance by artist J. Ivy with Certain Moves

Hosted at the Southampton Cultural Center September 2014


African American Art

From the Private Collection of Peter Marino​

SAAM is located at
245 North Sea Road
in Southampton, NY



By Appointment Only

Funded by the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning

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Hamptons Arts Network Thaw Fest

Performance by Taylor Burgess

Southampton Historical Museum

Sponsored by SAAM