Farmingville, NY – -NY - On June 15, Supervisor Ed Romaine joined members of the Town of Brookhaven’s Black History Commission (BHC) at the opening reception for the “Juneteenth Art Celebration.” The event was held in the second-floor mezzanine gallery at Town Hall in Farmingville. Curated by “Of Colors – A Creative Collective” founder, Tracy Todd Hunter, the Juneteenth Art Celebration is open from June 15 to July 15. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Pictured left to right are Black History Commission member, Dr. Georgette Grier-Key; Tracy Todd Hunter; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Black History Commission Chairwoman, Dr. Corrinne Graham and Town Historian, Barbara Russell.
About the Town of Brookhaven Black History Commission: In 1991, a Black History Month Committee was formed in observance of Black History Month. Two years later, the Town Board established a permanent Black History Commission to provide continuity in planning and organizing a Black History Night celebration every February. The purpose of these celebrations is to acknowledge and honor the contributions of national and local African Americans, nationally and locally, while fostering an appreciation for their culture and heritage. In 2014, the Town board recognized that celebrating African American culture should not be limited to one specific month, so they unanimously passed a resolution expanding and broadening the scope of the Black History Commission. The commission now works on year-round programming to promote black history and culture in the Town of Brookhaven through events and community outreach.