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The Everyday People Corner

The Everyday People Corner is a monthly series highlighting individual residents ofSouthampton and the East End, including historical events, personal anecdotes and those kitchen table, barbershop and beauty shop stories. If you know of someone with wonderful memories; if you have a memory, a story about the ’Hood (from Da Hill to Azurest,) or the adventures of growing up on the East End; whether you are 30 generations of the land, migrated here for a new life, or came in the summers…. Let’s praise our everyday lives and everyday people!





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