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Written & Directed by Layon Gray

The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen

Sponsored by SAAM
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Performance by Taylor Burgess

Southampton Historical Museum

Sponsored by SAAM


Performance by artist J. Ivy with Certain Moves

Hosted at the Southampton Cultural Center September 2014



From the Private Collection
of Peter Marino​
January 9



Marcel Dozier, a 1974 graduate of Southampton High School, received his education at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. Throughout his career, he has had extensive experience as director of various organizations, strategist, and consultant. He now resides in Fairburn, Georgia. Please join us for a chat with Marcel, who will talk about his career and growing up in Southampton. Presented by the Southampton African American Museum & the Rogers Memorial Library.

August 27

2nd Annual Fundraiser

My Love of Our Community​

VIP reception | July 16, 2022

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.

June 2, 2022
7:00 p.m.

A Virtual Conversation

with Author & Journalist A’Lelia Bundles with Brenda Simmons, Executive Director,
Southampton African American Museum
An intimate chat with A’Lelia Bundles, award-winning journalist and author of the biography, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, her great-great grandmother. This nonfiction work was the inspiration behind the Netflix series, Self Made, starring Octavia Spencer. Ms. Bundles discussed her career and the research she has done on the amazing women in her family. As part of the celebration of the Juneteenth holiday, Ms. Bundles is also the Keynote speaker at the Southampton African American Museum on Friday, June 17.

June 17-18

Annual Juneteenth Celebration


June 18th & 19th, 2021

Juneteenth Weekend 2021 was an historic moment for the museum, and one that made a mark on everyone present. Our Grand Opening celebration started on Friday evening with a ribbon cutting and VIP event, and continued with a Juneteenth BBQ and walk-through with special performances and guests on Saturday!

Friday, June 18th

Ribbon Cutting & VIP Reception

Our Friday evening event was attended by State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Suffolk County Legistators Bridget Fleming, Jason Richberg, and Robert Calarco, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren, Suffolk County Governor’s Office representative Theresa Santoro, architect and philanthropist Peter Marino, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, architect Siamak Samii, and many distinguished guests.

SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JUNE 18: Quincy Mills attends Southampton African American Museum Grand Opening at Southampton African American Museum on June 18, 2021 in Southampton, NY. (Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Quincy Mills

The keynote speaker was Professor Quincy Mills, Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park and author of Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America.

Music was provided by flautist Dwayne Kerr, whose masterful mix of sounds and grooves is the memorable variable that makes him a rising figure in contemporary music today. His debut CD, Flutation is available now.

Our house band, Certain Moves Trio, kept the day lively and everyone entertained.

The day featured a performance by the all female barbershop quartet HALO, the first International African American Quartet competitors

Saturday, June 19th

Juneteenth Celebration and official opening

Juneteenth saw our official opening, and an all-day celebration! A traditional BBQ, prepared by Heart & Soul Catering, kept everyone satisfied as they listened to a panel discussion featuring Professor Jennifer Anderson, Professor Mark Chambers, Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, and Keynote Professor Quincy Mills—moderated by our co-founder and Executive Director Brenda Simmons.

Photos © Patrick McMullen

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