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The Hunter, artist unknown, is made of copper (Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

The Hunter, artist unknown, is made of copper and originated in Zimbabwe before becoming a part of the African American Museum's exhibition in Hempstead. (Dec. 4, 2010)

African American Museum of Nassau County

Photos from Long Island's only African-American museum, which offers rotating showcases of black artists and historical exhibits.

The African American Museum is located on the
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

The African American Museum is located on the corner of North Franklin Street and Jackson Street in Hempstead. (Dec. 4, 2010)

Stanwyck Cromwell�s A Man in African Attire is
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Stanwyck Cromwell�s A Man in African Attire is one of the many colorful paintings hanging at in the African American Museum in Hempstead. (Dec. 4, 2010)

Using appropriated plastic and glass beads instead of
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Using appropriated plastic and glass beads instead of clay beads, which were often used in African Jewelry in the past, Emmanuel Kasonga recreates traditional pieces, such as these necklaces, using more modern materials. These necklaces, as well as other items by Emmanuel, are for sale at the African American Museum Gift Shop in Hempstead. (Dec. 4, 2010)

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Calvin Coleman, one of the exhibiting artists in
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Calvin Coleman, one of the exhibiting artists in the African American Museum in Hempstead, talks with William Barber, sitting on the right couch. (Dec. 4, 2010)

Marilyn Monroe, Manager of the Mosaic Tea Room
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Marilyn Monroe, Manager of the Mosaic Tea Room at the African American Museum in Hempstead is also the owner of In The Bag Gourmet Tea�s, featured at the tea room. (Dec. 4, 2010)

Visitors to the African American Museum come from
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Visitors to the African American Museum come from all over to join in the celebration of its 40th anniversary. (Dec. 4, 2010)

Friends, new and old, hang out around the
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Friends, new and old, hang out around the Mosaic Tea Room at the African American Museum in Hempstead. (Dec. 4, 2010)

The Hunter, artist unknown, is made of copper
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

The Hunter, artist unknown, is made of copper and originated in Zimbabwe before becoming a part of the African American Museum's exhibition in Hempstead. (Dec. 4, 2010)

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Carla S. Brown, a kinkologist and lecturer, is
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Carla S. Brown, a kinkologist and lecturer, is committed to raising social awareness about Black hair through the medium of hair. She often uses these dolls as a way of teaching and empowering young women. (Dec. 4, 2010)

Sonny Watson, intern at the African American Museum,
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Sonny Watson, intern at the African American Museum, is also an aspiring musician and performed for the crowd at the Mosaic Tea Room�s opening in Hempstead. (Dec. 4, 2010)

The Director and Curator of the African American
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

The Director and Curator of the African American Museum is David Byre-Tyer, right, and sitting next to him is Owner of In The Bag Gourmet Teas and Manager of the Mosaic Tea Room, Marilyn Monroe. (Dec. 4, 2010)

The African American Museum is located on the
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

The African American Museum is located on the corner of North Franklin Street and Jackson Street in Hempstead. (Dec. 4, 2010)

The Mosaic Tea Room at the African American
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

The Mosaic Tea Room at the African American Museum in Hempstead serves a variety of sweet desserts and aromatic teas. (Dec. 4, 2010)

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Sweet Ginger Cookies make their debut at the
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Sweet Ginger Cookies make their debut at the Mosaic Tea Room at the African American Museum in Hempstead. (Dec. 4, 2010)

Patrons of the African American Museum in Hempstead
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Patrons of the African American Museum in Hempstead begin to trickle in to the Mosaic Tea Room for its array of desserts and aromatic teas. (Dec. 4, 2010)

Afro-Tea is one of the many eclectic tea
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Afro-Tea is one of the many eclectic tea items available at the Mosaic Tea Room in Hempstead�s African American Museum. (Dec. 4, 2010)

Dr. R.A. Shabazz of Elmsford orders tea from
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Dr. R.A. Shabazz of Elmsford orders tea from wait staff woman Pat Gatling at the Mosaic Team Room in Hempstead�s African American Museum.(Dec. 4, 2010)

At the opening of the Mosaic Tea Room
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

At the opening of the Mosaic Tea Room at the African American Museum in Hempstead, diners sample the variety of teas available. Tina Shabazz, left, and Dawn Patterson, right, try the black tea while Dr. R.A. Shabazz, center, decided on the green tea. (Dec. 4, 2010)

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Chuck Fowler, pianist of the Chuck Fowler Trio,
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Chuck Fowler, pianist of the Chuck Fowler Trio, performs live at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the African American Museum in Hempstead. He plays on Eubie Blake�s Piano, which is part of the permanent collection at the museum. (Dec. 4, 2010)

Emmanuel Kasonga, an artist originally from Congo but
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Emmanuel Kasonga, an artist originally from Congo but lives now in Paris, presents some of the bags he designed that are for sale in the gift shop at the African American Museum in Hempstead. (Dec. 4, 2010)

Emmanuel Kasonga, an artist originally from Congo but
(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Emmanuel Kasonga, an artist originally from Congo but lives now in Paris, presents some of the bags he designed that are for sale in the gift shop at the African American Museum in Hempstead. (Dec. 4, 2010)

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