Grand Opening

African American Museum


JUNE 19TH, 2021




opening exhibits



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. Unveiling of commissioned Mural titled, “Three Themes: Great Migration History of Black Barbershop & Beauty Parlor, Juke Joint and Pyrrhus Concer” by Artist, David Bunn Martine.Music by flutist Dwayne Kerr
7:30 PM
Keynote speaker Professor Quincy Mills. See Mr. Mills bio below. Closing Remarks.


Juneteenth Grand Opening

11:00 AM to 12:45 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.
1:00 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-Key, and Keynote Professor Quincy Mills. Short Q&A to follow – 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 University of Maryland, College Park

Quincy Mills is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining UMD, he served on the faculty at Vassar College for thirteen years. Originally from the South Side of Chicago, he earned his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.B.A. from DePaul University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His teaching and research interests are in African American history, race and segregation, the civil rights and black power movements, and African American business history. Professor Mills co-authored Truth and Soul: Black Talk in the Barbershop, with Melissa Harris-Perry. He is author of Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), which chronicles the lives and labors of black barbers and their shops throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is currently working on a second book tentatively entitled, The Wages of Resistance: Financing the Black Freedom Movement, which examines the imperatives and flow of financial resources to support civil rights and black power organizing in the post WWII period.

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