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African American Museum


JUNE 19TH, 2021


opening exhibits



Available Bookings on December 6, 2022

There are no booking time slots available for this day.

grand opening schedule


VIP Reception

6:00 PM
Ribbon cutting ceremony with special guests
6:30 PM
Inaugural walk through of the newly renovated museum—built in the late 40’s and formerly the home of Mr. Emanual Seymore’s barbershop/beauty parlor and Mr. Arthur “Fives” Robinson juke joint/restaurant. Music by flutist Dwayne Kerr
7:30 PM
Keynote speaker Professor Quincy Mills. See Mr. Mills bio below.


Juneteenth Grand Opening

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Museum Walk-through Tours. Pre-Registration required. Half hour tours available with 15 minute intervals to sanitize for next group. Click on link below to select your time slot.
2:00 PM
Performance by HALO—Barbershop’s First International African American Quartet Competitors
2:30 PM
OPENING CEREMONY. Panel Discussion on the History of Black Barbershops & Beauty Parlors featuring panelists Professor Jennifer Anderson, Professor Mark Chambers, Dr. Georgette Grier, and Keynote Professor Quincy Mills. Moderated by Brenda Simmons.

Catering by Heart and Soul, featuring a traditional Juneteenth Celebration meal.
Music by Certain Moves Trio, our house band.

Be a part of history!

Quincy Mills

Associate professor of history at Vassar College

Professor Mills currently teaches courses in African American history at Vassar College—specifically on Martin Luther King, Jr., race and segregation, the civil rights and black power movement, and consumer culture. He is originally from the South Side of Chicago, and majored in business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S. 1997). He holds a Masters degree in social sciences as well as a Doctorate from the University of Chicago.

His research focuses on African American social movements and financial security, particularly how African Americans’ wages, wealth, and overall financial well-being helped shape black public spaces, political engagement, and activism. His book, Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America (2013), chronicles the history of black barber shops as businesses and civic institutions, demonstrating their central role in civil rights struggles throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has co-edited Black Subjects in Africa and Its Diasporas: Race and Gender in Research and Writing (2011) with Benjamin Talton, and co-authored Truth and Soul: Black Talk in the Barbershop with Melissa Harris-Lacewell. He is currently working on a second monograph, tentatively titled The Wages of Resistance: Financing the Black Freedom Movement, which examines how civil rights and black power organizations negotiated fundraising imperatives with their political ideologies as functions of movement building.

He is an avid runner and certified running coach (Road Runners Club of America), and helps others incorporate running into their daily lives, and recently started taking trumpet lessons—a humbling experience. Ultimately, teaching and learning sit at the core of his everyday life.

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