|The 6,000-square-foot African American Museum provides regularly scheduled exhibits and events.
African American Museum and Center for Education and Applied Arts
Hempstead, 110 North Franklin Street
Open: Tuesday - Friday, noon – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Monday by appointment.
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A CENTERPIECE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN history and culture on Long Island since 1970, this museum, centrally located in Hempstead, offers a rotating series of exhibits showcasing local and national African-American artists.
The museum also holds numerous community-based events, including celebrations of Black History Month and the lives of historical figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X, along with educational programs.
In addition, the museum houses the African Atlantic Genealogy Society, Inc., which provides workshops and individual research instruction into family genealogy, as well as the E-Learning Program, providing instruction for visitors of all ages in how to conduct research.
The African American Museum was granted the 2005 Museum Preservation Award by American Legacy magazine, one of only 10 museums to be honored for work done to preserve African-American history and culture.
African American Museum Changes Name to Reflect Educational Mission
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announces that the African American Museum of Nassau County has changed its name to the “African American Museum and Center for Education and Applied Arts” to better reflect the museum’s role as both an educational and arts center.
“It is clear that the mission of the African American Museum has been educational and the name change will take account of that while also providing the museum with new fund-raising opportunities,” says Mangano.
The museum, founded in 1970 and centrally located in Hempstead, offers a rotating series of exhibits showcasing local and national African American artists. In addition, the museum houses the African Atlantic Genealogy Society, which provides workshops and individual research instruction into family genealogy; and the E-Learning Program, providing instruction about research techniques.
Importantly, much of the programming at the museum tracks the New York State Department of Education curriculum. By adopting the new name, the museum will gain entry to the educational institute category, making it eligible for an array of grants offered by the Department of Education. In 2009, the museum was awarded a five-year federal grant for an ongoing “gear-up” after-school program with the Uniondale school district.