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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​



Friday June 16, 2023
6pm - 11pm

Keynote Speaker:

Charnele Dozier

Karen Charnele Brown (née Dozier; born October 30, 1960) is an American actress, producer, writer, fashion designer and singer. Brown is perhaps best known for her role as Kimberly Reese on NBC comedy sitcom A Different World from 1988 until 1993.

Born in East Hampton, Brown is a graduate of East Hampton High School.

Brown later attended the State University of New York at New Paltz Where she studied acting with other notables, including Aida Turturro. Brown made her Broadway debut in 1989 as the first American member of the South African musical “Sarafina!” Other stage performances have included the roles of Polly and Delores in “The Trials and Tribulations of Stagger Lee Brown,” Ruby in “The Lord’s Will,” Marty in “Sisters” and Mable in “My Diary.” After A Different World ended, Brown guest starred on sitcoms such as Living Single, Martin, and Girlfriends. She made a brief appearance in a movie titled How Ya Like Me Now? that starred Darnell Williams and Salli Richardson.

Guest soloist: Nah-tarsha Cherry

Christian/Gospel Music Artist

Nah-Tarsha Cherry with her praise and worship style mixed with jazz, R&B, and even a little rock and roll, can’t be defined and has never been boxed in musically. God definitely uses her gift to be a blessing to the un-churched as well as the believer. Nah-Tarsha has once said she was put on this earth to minister and that she would do that until the day she dies. As she continues walking into her destiny and allowing God to carve space for her in this industry, eyes have not seen, nor have ears heard so just stay tuned… Nah-Tarsha Cherry is a native of Southampton. 



saturday June 17, 2023

Museum Tours
11AM - 2:30pm

Continue the Juneteenth Celebration

with ArtSoul “Summer Sipping Series”

ART SOUL: HAMPTONS has partnered up with HAMPTONS HIATUS and SOUTHAMPTON AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM to curate a one of a kind experience dedicated to celebrating BIPOC artists in the Hamptons and beyond. Part II of the sipping series will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 11:30AM.

VIP TICKET includes:

11:30AM – 12:30PM

  1. HOMECOMING: Juneteenth Annual Celebration
  2. Keynote Speaker: Charnele Dozier (actress, “A Different World” television series)

12:30PM – 2:30PM

  1. Meet the Founder: Brenda Simmons
  2. Self-Guided Museum Tour of the Southampton African American Museum, featuring work by Demarcus McGaughey
  3. Live Music Band: Certain Moves
  4. Soul Food BBQ lunch, catered by Heart and Soul

2:30PM – 6:30PM

  1. Red Carpet photo opp
  2. 360 Camera Photobooth
  3. VIP Father’s Lounge (limited seating)
  4. Summertime Refreshments
  5. Access to Digital Tapestry Reality Experience (for ages 10 and up)
  6. Luxury VIP Gift Bag (retail value over $100)

JUNE 19, 4 - 6PM


Co-presented with Eastville Community Historical Society and Southampton African American Museum

$16 Adults | $12 Seniors | $10 Members | $5 for Students, Children

To celebrate Juneteenth and delve into the diversity of the East End, in collaboration with Eastville Community Historical Society and the Southampton African American Museum, the Parrish Art Museum will host a screening of AppleTV’s HOME (Season 2, Ep. 5, 35 minutes) and New York Times Magazine’s A Beach of Our Own (9 minutes).

The film screenings will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Renee Simons, SANS Sag Harbor President; Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Executive Director of Eastville Community Historical Society; Dr. Beverly Granger, artist and SANS resident; and Sarah Kautz, Consultant, Cultural resources and preservation; moderated by Brenda Simmons, Executive Director of Southampton African American Museum. The panel will reflect on the films and how Sag Harbor Village’s historically Black subdivisions–Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, Ninevah, collectively known as SANS–came into being in the mid-20th century and have remained a haven for African American families on the East End.

Public programs are made possible, in part, by Weill-Cornell Medicine – Southampton and The Corcoran Group.

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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