About the Southampton African American Museum
Our mission is to promote an understanding and appreciation of African American culture by creating programs that will preserve the past, encourage learning and enhance the life of the community. SAAM will research and collect local history, produce media events, create exhibits and community celebrations. SAAM will TREASURE the past, TEND to the present, TRANSFORM the future.
The Southampton African American Museum (SAAM) began in 2005 under the name East End African American Museum. From 2005 to present it has functioned as a virtual museum hosting events, notably the annual Southampton African American Film Festival.
In 2015/2016 SAAM will break ground to at 245 North Sea Road in Southampton, NY in what was formerly known in the 1940s as “The Barbershop,” a gathering place for local African Americans. In 2010, the Village Historic Preservation Board designated it as the first African-American historic landmark in the Village of Southampton.