Community Driven, Community-Led: The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (Museums in Strange Places S02 E03)

Prince George’s County, Maryland is one of the wealthiest African American communities in the US, a suburban enclave of Black excellence just outside Washington, D.C. But it wasn’t always that way. At the small (but mighty) Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, the passionate young Executive Director, Maleke Glee, tells me about the history of the area, the museum’s far-reaching youth programs, and his vision for a museum that’s truly community-led, inclusive, and relevant.

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The featured song in this episode is “Good Morning (feat. Odd Mojo)” by Alex Vaughn.

Excerpts of the interview from Wayne Curry are from this video.

This episode is sponsored by The Lyndhurst Group. The Lyndhurst Group is a history, museum, and nonprofit consulting firm providing community-focused engagement strategies for institutional planning, organizational assessments, and interpretive direction.

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Photos of the Museum

Museum exterior

Museum exterior

Mural on the exterior painted by students from Brazil

Youth-curated Afrofuturism exhibit

Youth-curated Afrofuturism exhibit

Sharing Our Stories: Treasure from the Permanent Collection

WOL Radio One call sign in Sharing Our Stories: Treasure from the Permanent Collection

Wayne Curry campaign poster in Sharing Our Stories: Treasure from the Permanent Collection

Hair care equipment from Sharing Our Stories: Treasure from the Permanent Collection

Hair care equipment from Sharing Our Stories: Treasure from the Permanent Collection

Sharing Our Stories: Treasure from the Permanent Collection

If I Knew Then art exhibit curated by Yaya Bey

If I Knew Then art exhibit curated by Yaya Bey

If I Knew Then art exhibit curated by Yaya Bey

If I Knew Then art exhibit curated by Yaya Bey

If I Knew Then art exhibit curated by Yaya Bey

Maleke Glee, Executive Director

Exhibit on the people of North Brentwood history in the hallway

Museum founder Lillian Beverly

Museum Marketing Manager Tamora Wright and Executive Director Maleke Glee

Executive Director Maleke Glee and me!

Museum Marketing Manager Tamora Wright, Executive Director Maleke Glee, and me!

Patio space outside the museum

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