Call for Volunteers - Volunteer Orientation

Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center is looking for volunteers to join our Museum family. We have volunteer positions for a wide range of ages and skill sets, so all interested individuals are welcome!

Volunteer duties can be one-time or recurring. We can arrange to accommodate most schedules and create a volunteer opportunity that works for you. As a volunteer, you can assist with daily operations, tours and programs, and public relations and marketing, or even just provide extra help at special events.

If you are looking to add to your skill set, build your resume, or support your community in a fun meaningful way, we would love to have you join us!

Contact Treston Sanders for more information at 301-809-0440 ext 107 or via email at


April Early Keepers Program

Join us Saturday, April 16th for Early Keepers.

Time: 12-1:30 PM

Theme: Amazing Artists of Prince George's County

Location: The Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center

4519 Rhode Island Ave

North Brentwood, MD 20722

Click here for more information

Click here to register

Happy Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" in Swahili, a Pan-African language which is the most widely spoken African language.

The first-fruits celebrations are recorded in African history as far back as ancient Egypt and Nubia and appear in ancient and modern times in other classical African civilizations such as Ashantiland and Yorubaland. These celebrations are also found in ancient and modern times among societies as large as empires (the Zulu or kingdoms (Swaziland) or smaller societies and groups like the Matabele, Thonga and Lovedu, all of southeastern Africa. Kwanzaa builds on the five fundamental activities of Continental African "first fruit" celebrations: ingathering; reverence; commemoration; recommitment; and celebration. Kwanzaa, then, is:
The Origins of Kwanzaa the First-Fruits Celebration

  • a time of ingathering of the people to reaffirm the bonds between them;
  • a time of special reverence for the creator and creation in thanks and respect for the blessings, bountifulness and beauty of creation;
  • a time for commemoration of the past in pursuit of its lessons and in honor of its models of human excellence, our ancestors;
  • a time of recommitment to our highest cultural ideals in our ongoing effort to always bring forth the best of African cultural thought and practice; and
  • a time for celebration of the Good, the good of life and of existence itself, the good of family, community and culture, the good of the awesome and the ordinary, in a word the good of the divine, natural and social.




2015 Toys for Tots Drive

The Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center would like to thank everyone who donated toys for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.

Holiday Sale and Membership Offer






December 1st-December 31st

Stop by to get your official PGAAMCC merchandise today!

Call 301-809-0440 for more information.

THE PG County Youth Poet Laureate Program


Win a book publishing deal and represent PG County across the region!

The PGC – YPL program will bring light to our future leaders through poetry, performance, education, human relations & civic engagement across Prince George’s County.  The 12 finalists & 1 laureate will perform & be honored at the Inaugural Prince George’s County Youth Poet Laureate Coronation at











THE PGC – YPL Program is a joint venture of Urban Word of NYC and DIALECT of PG County, along with LYRIKAL STORM, with additional collaboration by the American Poetry Museum, the PG County African American Museum and Cultural Center, ECO City Farms, and the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, with generous support from county residents like you.


From October 19th till November 16th, online submissions were accepted at from county residents ages 14-19 who are poets, rappers, youth leaders and activists interested in representing PG County abroad.  A panel of esteemed judges will select 12 finalists to be given the distinction of Youth Poet Ambassador for PG County, and one teen will be honored with the title of PG County Youth Poet Laureate.


Along with winning the prestigious title of Poet Laureate, the winning poet will also win a book deal from Penmanship Books to publish their first collection of poems, as well as a reading tour.  The Laureate and County Ambassadors will have numerous opportunities and platforms to share their talent and energy at various events across the DC Metro area.


Urban Word and their partners recognize that youth voice and community engagement are vital for empowering young people to create lasting change in their immediate and global communities. Local and national partners include Youth Speaks, PG Parks and Recreation, and Penmanship Publishing.


For More Info contact:

Patrick Washington 301 237 6684

Neville Adams 240 426 2629

Or email

District 6 Genealogy Workshops

The Prince George's African-American Museum & Cultural Center at North Brentwood, Inc., in partnership with the Prince George's County African American Genealogical Society and the Prince George's County Memorial Library System, presents Finding Your Historical and Genealogical Roots, a series of workshops focusing on the fundamentals of African-American historical and genealogical research. The sessions will provide the attendees with a step-by-step "how to" guide to in tracing African-American lineage. They will show participants how to identify sources, records, and other tools needed to organize and manage research materials. Activities will include surfing genealogical websites on the Internet, preparing for a research trip, developing a family tree, conducting oral interviews, understanding DNA testing, planning family reunions, unlocking the mysteries of genealogy for children, etc. 

Courses will be held at the Largo Kettering Library on the following dates:


Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Introduction to Genealogical Research

Tracing your family's history is a fascinating journey. The instructor will guide the participants along the way by offering how-to articles, genealogy classes, and other resources, e.g., newspapers/yearbooks, obituaries, funeral records and programs, bibles/diaries, organization records (fraternities, sororities, companies, clubs) that will help them dig deeper into their families' past.


Saturday, September 26, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Planning a Family Reunion

The instructor of this workshop will provide the participants with the basics of planning a family reunion.   The most successful reunions begin with a spirit of inclusion and cooperation. The planning process will help determine what works best for the family.  The participants will learn to create the family reunion budget, plan, activities, and develop recruiting strategies.  The goal is to make the family reunion a memorable and fun experience for all.


Saturday, October 24, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Preparing for a Research Trip

This workshop provides participants the methods of preparing for research trips to libraries, conferences, state, local and national archives, cemeteries, or their ancestral homeland.  It is very exciting to get out into the "field" and explore genealogy in a hands on way but it is also important to do a little preparation to make the trip efficient and fun


Date TBD

Genealogy for Children

As history comes alive, this workshop will inspire children to search for their ancestors.  Children can unlock the mysteries of other cultures, places, and times as they look for their families - when they were born, where they lived, and what they did to survive. The hands-on learning that a project brings to the classroom can help motivate students to learn, as well as encourage retention of the covered material.  Family history can be used to teach not only history, but also language arts, writing, math, geography, and even science.  Family history projects can also be used to teach and encourage communication, information-gathering, research, computer, analysis, and evaluation skills.  It is also an excellent method for encouraging the acceptance of individual differences.


For more information, please contact the Largo Kettering Library at (301) 336-4044.

"District 3 Day" at The Museum

After grey skies and only the threat of a major thunderstorm, the last day of May turned out to be a rain free, great way to end the month.  PGAAMCC was the scene of the first ever Day Out At the Museum event. Hosted by Council Member Dannielle M. Glaros, District 3 residents came out to experience, expand, explore…in the Gateway Arts District.  This was a private event and an opportunity to connect residents and businesses to resources.

In addition to viewing the museums newest exhibit, Patented Ingenuity: The Art of African American Inventors, which runs through September 12, 2015, those in attendance shared their stories throughout the afternoon from the Lakeland Community, Lincoln community, and the community of Seabrook Acres.

The museum’s North Brentwood location is a museum for all Districts and we encourage all Council Members to host events.  Thank you Council Member Glaros for bringing District 3 stories to PGAAMCC!

Transforming the Image of Black Men

Nearly 70 people attended PGAAMCC's 'Artist Talk' for the current exhibition 'Transforming Anew: Perspectives on Black Men' on Saturday, March 21.

Curator Jon West-Bey moderated the lively two-hour conversation about the images of black men and how recent events in Ferguson, Mo. and Florida inspired the provocative pieces featured in the exhibition by artists Chanel Compton, Nehemiah Dixon and David Ibata. Attendees eagerly engaged the artists with questions about interpretations of their work and how personal experiences in the United States and travels abroad may have influenced the artist's work.

See it for yourself!

'Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men' will be on display at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center from February 6th, 2015 until April 25th, 2015.  For more information call (301) 809-0440, email, or visit the Museum’s website at

 This exhibition is proudly sponsored by:

Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Ms. Tracey Tolbert Jones and also Mary-Frances Winters, President and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc.


'Transforming Anew on WPGC-FM's Joe Clair Morning Show'

Nehemiah Dixon and Chanel Compton, artists featured in our provocative exhibition 'Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men' were guests on the WPGC-FM Joe Clair Morning Show on March 19.

Chanel, who is also Educational Director, and Nehemiah led a spirited conversation with host and comedian Joe Clair about historical and contemporary references of black men.Transforming Anew Logo (Final)

The museum is closed this week, but please join us this Saturday, March 21 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm as we continue this much needed conversation during our 'Artist Talk.'  This exciting panel discussion will moderated by Curator, Jon West-Bey.  This event is free to the public.

The exhibition will be on display at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center from February 6th, 2015 until April 25th, 2015.  For more information call (301) 809-0440, email, or visit the Museum’s website at

 This exhibition is proudly sponsored by:

Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Ms. Tracey Tolbert Jones and also Mary-Frances Winters, President and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc.