'The Historymakers' Lauds Dr. Jacqueline F. Brown

The Historymakers, 'the nation's largest African American oral history collection' recently added the distinguished life and career of our very on Executive Director, Dr. Jacqueline F. Brown, to their archive.

Who knew that chocolate brown was her favorite color? Or, that Chocolate and Tuna Fish were among here favorite foods? What we at PGAAMCC probably could have guessed was her favorite quote: 'No problem is solved at the same level of consciousness that created it'. That's was she does everyday--elevate consciousness. And we are all better for it!

Read excerpts from her 2007 Historymaker's Interview for yourself, visit: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/jacqueline-finney-brown-41


The Masters: Oldenburg and Gaddy

Master sculptors Claes Oldenburg and Huey Gaddy reunited at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Scupture Garden in Washington, DC ,on Saturday, November 8. Oldenburg, 85, is an American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring very large replicas of everyday objects. He was a guest speaker at the Hirshhorn on Sunday. Huey Gaddy began his career as a sculptor by working as a fabricator for several major contemporary sculptors, including Oldenburg.

'Momentum' our current exhibition featuring Gaddy's work is now on display at PGAAMCC through January 20th. PGAAMCC will announce, in-person artist tours of the exhibition soon!

Join Us! Emancipation Day Membership

In commemoration of 150 years of Freedom for African Americans in Maryland, this week the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center is offering lifetime memberships for only $150.



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Now Is The Time: An Update to Our Supporters from Dr. Jacqueline F. Brown

Dr. Jacqueline F. .Brown, Executive Director, PGAAMCC
Dr. Jacqueline F. .Brown,
Executive Director, PGAAMCC

My Friends, thank you again for your unwavering support of the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center at North Brentwood (PGAAMCC). We promised you an update on our progress in securing funding to build out the Museum after 18 years of being on the Planning books for Prince George’s County.
Initially, we were placed in the Park and Planning CIP Budget under a County Bill in FY12 that allocated $5 Million dollars of funding for the construction of the Museum Building. Due to your efforts, we are now moved to the FY15 County Construction in Progress (CIP) Park and Planning budget .Final Rendering 102214 web

We are happy to report that the sale of our properties was executed in June of this year. As a result, we will be able to keep our doors open. However, we retained sufficient property to build out a 10,000 SF addition to our existing Museum and make this 18 year dream still come true.

Continue to support the Museum and participate in our Public and Educational Events and Programs. Continue to Donate, Sponsor and become a Member or a Partner organization. Know that whenever you come to the Museum or our events, you will always be “Welcomed Home”!

Again, thank you so much for all you do for the continued success of the PGAAMCC.

Dr. Jacqueline F. Brown,
Executive Director, PGAAMCC

Originally posted, July 16, 2014

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/