Step into Black history at the African American Museum of Nassau County

Step into Black history at the Joysetta and Julius Pearse African American Museum of Nassau County in Hempstead.
The museum features the work of multimedia artist Arnani Silva. You can also learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to Long Island and check out photos of him on Fire Island.
“The museum was recently named after Joysetta and Julius Pearse. Their dream was to reveal hidden history, and the things you'll see in this museum are real hidden history,” says Anthony Richards, of the museum.
When it comes to hidden history, exhibit curator Laurel Richards says the exhibit called “Black Royals” is the museum's crown jewel.
The museum also features inspirational innovators, like Broadway icon Hubie Blake and Thomas Jennings, the first Black person to receive a patent for inventing dry cleaning.
"I hope people leave here wanting to know more, learn more— wanting to come back and learn about Black history,” Richards says.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. It also hosts events and concerts. This weekend, there will be events for Black History Month.