NAAMCC Summer Events 2019 Newsletter

Celebrate Juneteenth with family-fun events June 15 • Noon- 4 p.m.   

NAAMCC will celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the Confederate South.

Our Sat., June 15 event will feature history interpreter Rory Rennick’s new show: The Henry "Box" Brown: His Life & Legacy at 1 p.m. We will also hold a special Express Yourself Saturday arts and crafts class at 2:30 p.m.
2019 marks the 170th anniversary of the incredible escape of the enslaved man turned magical entertainer Henry “Box” Brown. Magician, actor and author Rory Rennick, who has portrayed the iconic historical figure for over a decade, now presents the Henry "Box" Brown Life & Legacy Event.  Rennick is considered the foremost authority on Henry Box Brown and will be sharing some previously unpublished details about Henry’s life in England and subsequent return to North America.

Programs and all activities included with paid museum admission: $6/adult, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–17, Free/Ohio History Connection & NAAMCC members. Call 800.752.2603 ext. 2113 for more information. 


NAAMCC seeks entries for 2019                The Art of SOUL! National Juried Art Show

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) presents the sixth annual national juried art show held by NAAMCC with a new title--  The Art of SOUL!   
Artists from across the United States are invited to enter their work to the juried art exhibition. All submissions should  emphasize themes and perspectives related to the African diaspora and/or African American culture, history, or experience. NOTE: You may only choose one (1) category for each work submitted. A panel of national and regional judges will review all entries. The following prizes will be awarded:
Best of Show: $2,500.00
1st Place- Surroundings: $1,000.00
1st Place- Identity: $1,000.00
1st Place- Social Justice: $1,000.00
People's Choice: $500.00

Participants and winners will be recognized at the Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio on Sat., Sept. 14, 2019. The exhibition will run through Sat., Feb. 29, 2020.

The deadline for entries is Sat., June 29, 2019. Only completed entries (art entry and entry fee) will be accepted. The deadline will not be extended past June 29, 2019. Click this link to download the Call For Artists information or call 800.752.2603 ext. 2113
for more information. 


Current Exhibits:

Yours for Race and Country: Reflections on the Life of Colonel Charles Young-Now through August 17

African Americans Fighting for a Double Victory-Now through Sept. 2022

Behind the Mask: Black Power in Comics-Now through 2022

What's in Your Attic? Selections from Our Permanent Collections-Now through 2022

Upcoming Events


Express Yourself Saturdays  

Sat. June 15 • 2:30 p.m. 

Join Cincinnati artist Talitha Sydnei'a to create unique art. Program and art materials included with paid museum admission: $6/adult, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–17, Free/Ohio History Connection & NAAMCC members. Call 800.75.2603 ext. 2113 or visit

Upcoming Exhibits 2020-2021

Ohio Voices from the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center
Jan. 23, 2020 –April 18, 2020
Riffe Gallery in Columbus, OH
The Riffe Gallery, in collaboration with the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) in Wilberforce, Ohio, will highlight the work of twelve Ohio visual artists. The artwork is a selection from Ohio living artists represented in the NAAMCC permanent art collection.
The Queens of the Heartland
April 4, 2020 – Feb. 27, 2021
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, OH
This exhibit is part of the Ohio History Connection and National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center Women's Suffrage Centennial celebration. The exhibit will feature the stories of 30 Ohio African American women who were a major influence in the Suffrage and/or Civil Rights Movements. It will feature portrait illustrations of these historical figures by New York artist Nichole Washington, whose current work celebrates African American women.




Moratorium on Donation and Loan Requests Ends

The moratorium on research requests, donations and collection loans ended on January 1, 2019. Scholars and researchers can begin to contact our collections staff for assistance on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to begin the process. NAAMCC will now also consider new donations from the public this year based on our 2019 collection priorities:  

  • Black Comic Book Items
  • Ohio Living Artist's artwork
  • NAAMCC Traveling Exhibit Items
  • Women’s Suffrage Centennial

NAAMCC, like all museums, has a responsibility to maintain the highest possible standards of professional collections management practices. NAAMCC may consider other material of significant historical importance. All proposed donations will need to be approved by museum administration before they can be accepted. For more information, contact Linda Collins, NAAMCC collections manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800.752.2603 ext. 2124.


Become a supporter of $30 for 30


The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary! We are continuing to receive donations, so thank you to all of you who have supported us. As of April 30, 2019, we have raised $2,371.00!
We hope you will give $30 or more to the campaign and encourage your   family and friends to join you in supporting our mission. Your donations will be used to support our educational programs, collections care, and facilities maintenance.
You can mail your $30 or more contribution to: 
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, P.O. Box 578
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384-0578

or call 800.752.2603 ext. 2113 to make a credit card donation by phone. 

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