Wayne K. Curry (Courtesy WaPost)

In Memoriam: Wayne K. Curry: Prince George's First African-American County Executive

The Honorable Wayne K. Curry broke all the molds in the early 90's by becoming the first African American County Executive for Prince George's County.  His dynamism and determination to move the county from being the "Poor Sister" of Counties in the National Capital Region to being a jurisdiction of substance, affluence and pride was felt immediately in his bold economic moves in housing development and economic development.  His administration opened a new era of being "open for business and high end development" for Prince George's County.

Wayne's enthusiam, intelligence, sharp wit and general affability endeared him to friend and foe alike and made him a strong advocate for what is good for our County.  He was also a very determined man.

We at the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center at North Brentwood honor the distinguished legacy of this trailblazer and his contributions to the African American story in Prince George's County.



In Memoriam: Maya Angelou

Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center celebrates the life and legacy of beloved Author, Activist, Poet, Educator, Filmmaker and Inspired Intellectual, Dr. Maya Angelou.

Her celebrated accomplishments are too many to list here. However, we are truly blessed that her empowering words and indomitable spirit will live forever.

9th Annual Juneteenth Seminar, “Footprints and Roots”

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. Prince George’s County Maryland Chapter (AAHGS-PGCM), the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Suitland (Maryland), and the Prince George’s County Historical Society will jointly sponsor the Ninth Annual Juneteenth Seminar, “Footprints and Roots,” on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Nature Center at Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774, from 8:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M..  The seminar will consist of a series of workshops for beginning to advanced family researchers.  Vera J. Williams, the great great great granddaughter of Solomon Northrup (author of Twelve Years a Slave), and her son, Justin Gilliam will deliver the keynote address.  In addition to workshops for adults on such topics as beginning genealogy, the Woodlawn Cemetery in Washington, DC,  the “Dover Eight” (a group of slaves, who escaped from Delaware on the Underground Railroad), access and research to the Afro-American Newspaper Archives, and reconstructing families torn apart by slavery, there will be a full day of workshops and activities for children.  The children’s (ages 7-12) activities are designed to introduce them to the world of genealogy and family history.

Juneteenth is celebrated in more than 200 cities in the United States to commemorate the final announcement of the emancipation of enslaved persons in Galveston, Texas, in June of 1865, This event took place some two years after the original proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.  The newly freed men and women, who could not read or write, orally recorded the day as one of the teenths in June.   From that day until this, there have been celebrations throughout the United States to mark the date.  Juneteenth, as it came to be called, is a national holiday in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

In conjunction with this event, the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a family fun day in the park from noon until five. Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and lawn chair and participate in an afternoon of live entertainment, with guest speakers, games, arts, and crafts.  Ethnic and regional food will be available for purchase by a variety of vendors. There will also be information booths staffed by Prince George’s County civic and community groups,

All the activities at both of these community events are FREE and open to the public.  For more information, call Carolyn Rowe, (301) 292-2751 or Jane Thomas, (301) 292-1207.

Thank You For Supporting Us!

Thank You!

Friends and Supporters,

THANK YOU FOR BEING ON TIME for PGAAMCC!!!  Thanks to your powerful presence and spoken and written testimonies, we have been moved to the PROPOSED FY'15 Capital Budget.  Continued hard work on the part of the staff and continued prayers from you for our quest, hopefully will take us to the next level of actually being in the Approved FY'15 Capital Budget.  The greatest gift of any institution is to know that it is not alone and that it's mission is a worthy one.  Each and every one of you confirmed that for us on April 29th (in the rain!) and on May 5th.

We will keep you posted via website and eblast on how the journey progresses.  Keep the good thoughts of a wonderful and beautiful Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center building in your hearts and in your minds.  If we can believe it together, it will be and when it comes, my Friends, it will BE ON TIME!


Thank You All,

Dr. Jacqueline F. Brown,
Executive Director, PGAAMCC

VIDEO: 'A Struggle for Dignity: A Play About Human Rights'

This video features 'A Struggle for Dignity' a play about human rights, inspired by a recent PGAAMCC exhibition of artwork by Curtis Woody.  It is performed by actors and actresses with developmental differences.  The play was sponsored by the ARC of Prince George's and the Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center


'Culture Keepers' Students Ready for Afro-Brazillian Exhange Program

Watch this exciting video with PGAAMCC 'Culture Keepers’ from the Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Suitland High School discussing their new cross-cultural education project ‘A Journey Through the African Diaspora’. Participating high school students will research the African Diaspora and share in a cultural exchange with students in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

This project is sponsored by PGAAMCC, Museums Connect, US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

Read more! Visit the program blog site at :http://culturekeeperspgaamcc.org/

'Unwind Wednesday' with Rep. Donna Edwards

Last Wednesday, Congresswoman Donna Edwards hosted our final 'Unwind Wednesday' of 2012!.  It was an exciting event for all in attendance.  Rep. Edwards restated her passionate commitment to improving education throughout Prince George's County and working with PGAAMCC to preserve the rich legacy of African American history and achievement here in the county.


PGAAMCC Celebrates The Life, Legacy of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who was imprisoned and then became a politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

-Source Wikipedia

Exploring Kwanzaa with PGAAMCC Culture Keepers


Students from PGAAMCC Culture Keepers After School arts education program at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts at Suitland High School explore the principles of Kwanzaa through the stories from our 'A Space of Their Own' exhibition about the first African American townships in Prince Georges County.