Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum

Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum Celebrating the art, history, culture and contributions of African Americans in the Inland Empire, and dedicated to preserving the history of integrity and faith that is the foundation of our character.
THE STORY OF THE DORA NELSON AFRICAN AMERICAN ART & HISTORY MUSEUM (DNAAAHM) The idea for the DNAAAHM was conceived in 1979 by Alberta Mable Kearney and later organized and founded by Alberta M. & Charles W. Kearney who donated the land at 316 E. 7th St. Perris, CA. The Museum mission is to collect, document, preserve and make available the fading history of the first African American Family that came to the Perris Valley community and those that followed who have made significant contributions. After being informed she was responsible for demolishing the structure that housed the first Black church in the city of Perris, Alberta vowed to research and learn of the remaining history of African Americans in the Perris Community and provide a place to preserve it. Her research revealed that Dora Nelson was born a slave, was a member of the first Black family in Perris and that she organized the first Black church, First Baptist Church, in the city of Perris. Dora had prayer meetings in her parlor and then in her back yard under a Chinaberry tree and finally in the structure that occupied the northeast corner of “7th” and “F” streets. Recognizing the significance of the church in the black community and Dora’s contribution, Alberta decided to name the Museum for this unsung hero.
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A GIFT TO OUR COMMUNITY From the time its door opened in 1997 the Museum has been sustained by its founders Charles and Alberta Kearney. Charles is no longer with us, but Alberta is 93 years old and still counting! The Museum has been a labor of love and has continued to exist at a great personal sacrifice to Alberta and her family. We are blessed to have the gift of the DNAAAHM in our community and in this region. At the time it was conceived in 1979 there was not one museum dedicated to the subject of African Americans in the Inland Empire. The DNAAAHM that exists today in Perris could not have been sustained without the generous assistance of others -good people of all backgrounds and ethnicities -who supported the Kearney's vision to preserve the legacy of those local, unheralded heroes who helped pave the way for us today.

Mission: Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum (DNAAAHM) exists to collect, preserve and make available, for review and study for present and future generations, artifacts, art printed material, records which document the history of the African American presence and contribution in the Perris Valley, Inland Empire and beyond.

The Dora Nelson African-American Art & History Museum is so proud of the new Community Garden, honoring the "roots" and ...
02/10/2019

The Dora Nelson African-American Art & History Museum is so proud of the new Community Garden, honoring the "roots" and long history of African American ties to the land and agricultural traditions that sustained millions of their ancestors.

On Wednesday, January 30th, the Dora Nelson African-American Art and History Museum, in collaboration with the City of Perris, celebrated the grand opening of their new community garden.

This community garden is the 14th opened in the City of Perris as part of the Healthy Eating, Active Living initiative.

02/07/2016
Color Of Change

Powerful 78 years on . . .

In 1938 civil rights activist and poet Langston Hughes wrote his chilling poem “Kids Who Die” which illuminates the horrors of lynchings during the Jim Crow era. Now, Hughes’ vivid poetry is being featured in a three minute video created by Frank Chii and @Terrance Green and narrated by Danny Glover. It is a startling reminder that the assault on Black lives did not end with the Jim Crow era.

Google kicks #BlackHistoryMonth2016 off today with it's #FrederickDouglass doodle.  The 2016 Black History theme is "Hal...
02/01/2016

Google kicks #BlackHistoryMonth2016 off today with it's #FrederickDouglass doodle. The 2016 Black History theme is "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories" and the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is one of those places that commemorates the contributions of this great ancestor. http://cnn.it/1QVbnoC

The Dora Nelson African American Art and History Museum in Perris, CA is partnering with the Association of African Amer...
11/25/2015
Click here to support The Little Museum That Could by Lovella Singer

The Dora Nelson African American Art and History Museum in Perris, CA is partnering with the Association of African American Museums to host the 2016 conference. We are honored to work with them and we designed this fundraiser to help us prepare our facilities for the event! Please click the link below to find out how you can help!
https://www.gofundme.com/eb4hhjvc

"The Little Museum That Could" The Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum of Perris, California has been chosen to host The Association of African-American Museums 38th Annual Conference, August 3-6, 2016 ! But, our little museum needs work! Alberta M. Kearney, 94, Visionary and Fou...

A great story about preserving a town's heritage.  Our favorite quote:  "If the rest of the world got along as well as w...
09/28/2015
An Ohio town where races have mixed freely for more than 200 years

A great story about preserving a town's heritage. Our favorite quote: "If the rest of the world got along as well as we do here in Longtown, there wouldn't be problems" https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/an-ohio-town-where-the-races-have-mixed-freely-for-more-than-200-years/2015/09/26/7ab3b250-4cfa-11e5-bfb9-9736d04fc8e4_story.html

That history is now in danger of being lost. But residents are working to save their “colored” heritage.

06/26/2015
Moonwalk - Michael Jackson - Billie Jean - The First Moonwalk King Of Pop HD

Today for the last post of #AfricanAmericanMusicAppreciation Month we pay homage to Michael Jackson. We remember him in a special way today on the 7th anniversary of his passing.

Here is a video of the legend at the Classic Motown 25th Anniversay show where he debuted the iconic #Moonwalk. Enjoy!
#MJ #foreverinourhearts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXJcOduo0w4

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (Motown 25th Anniversary Yesterday Today Forever ) The First Moonwalk King Of Pop on " Billie Jean " at the 25th anniversary of...

06/12/2015
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

Today in honor of #AfricanAmericanMusicAppreciationMonth we highlight, Whitney Houston, singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Houston was regarded as the most awarded female act of all time.

Here is one of our favorite songs, 'I Will Always Love You.' #tbt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JWTaaS7LdU

Music video by Whitney Houston performing I Will Always Love You. (C) 1999 Arista Records, Inc & Viacom International Inc.

In honor of #AfricanAmericanMusicAppreciationMonth we are going to honor an artist every Thursday for the whole month of...
06/04/2015
Nat King Cole, Unforgettable

In honor of #AfricanAmericanMusicAppreciationMonth we are going to honor an artist every Thursday for the whole month of June!

Today we honor, singer-songwriter, Nat King Cole who was the first African-American to host a National TV show, The Nat King Cole Show in 1956.

Here's one of our favorite songs, 'Unforgettable'. #tbt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy_JRGjc1To

Nice picture of Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum visionary and founder Alberta Mable Kearney from her l...
06/01/2015

Nice picture of Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum visionary and founder Alberta Mable Kearney from her lovely granddaughter Jennifer Boyd. Thanks for sharing!

My beautiful grandmother!

Great television and stories coming our way in the next year or so documenting the #undergroundrailroad #harriettubman a...
05/25/2015
The Forgotten Girls Who Left the South and Changed History

Great television and stories coming our way in the next year or so documenting the #undergroundrailroad #harriettubman and adapting Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns book, which chronicles the Great Migration from approximately 1917 to 1970.

The girls of the Great Migration shaped regions, cities and even the White House

In the News:  Brian Carter of the Burke Museum, University of Washington and Aunteneshia Staveloz, of the National Museu...
05/23/2015

In the News: Brian Carter of the Burke Museum, University of Washington and Aunteneshia Staveloz, of the National Museum of History and Culture visit the Dora Nelson Museum to prepare for the 2016 conference of Association of African American Museum's (AAAM). The Dora Nelson is serving as host museum for the conference in collaboration with Perris and Riverside as host cities. 2016 will be the first time ever that the AAAM has held a conference on the West Coast. Ms. Staveloz commented "The Dora Nelson is the reason we are coming here." The Riverside African American Society, various museums, local universities, and cultural organizations are partnering with the DNAAAHM to help AAAM plan for the conference. Shown in the photos below are AAAM board members touring the museum with Alberta Mable Kearney, 94 year old visionary founder and Lovella Singer, Executive Director.

In honor of the National Endowment for the Humanities theme "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" the Dora Ne...
05/22/2015

In honor of the National Endowment for the Humanities theme "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" the Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum has updated its cover photo.

The Perris, California Cesar E. Chavez Library and the Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum partner to pres...
05/21/2015
The Loving Story | Created Equal

The Perris, California Cesar E. Chavez Library and the Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum partner to present another film on May 30, 2015 from 2-6pm PDT in the Library Community Room. The film "The Loving Story" is another in the National Endowment for the Humanities "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series. http://createdequal.neh.gov/films/loving-story

When Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in July 1958, in Virginia, for violating a state law that banned marriage between people of different races, such laws had been on the books in most states since the seventeenth century. But the Lovings never expected to be woken up in their bedroom in t…

Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum's cover photo
08/12/2014

Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum's cover photo

August is Black Philanthropy Month!  Donate to your favorite African American Museum!  http://thewright.org/explore/blog...
08/06/2014
Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Shawn Carter (Jay-Z)

August is Black Philanthropy Month! Donate to your favorite African American Museum! http://thewright.org/explore/blog/entry/black-philanthropy-month-spotlight-shawn-carter-jay-z

black bpm 2014 August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multimedia campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress…

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07/31/2014
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Thu, August 21, 2014 (Pacific) The Dora Nelson African American Arts & History Museum is proud to sponsor an evening of theater honoring the history and legacy of actor Paul Robeson, performed by Stogie Kenyatta in his acclaimed one-man show.  This event is brought to the r

Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum's cover photo
07/31/2014

Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum's cover photo

Just installed the Facebook donate app.  The Museum has 3 major initiatives in the coming year:  1) Museum Building Impr...
03/21/2013
Donation Application

Just installed the Facebook donate app. The Museum has 3 major initiatives in the coming year: 1) Museum Building Improvements; 2) Hosting the National Associaton of African American Museums Conference; and 3) Preserving and Curating the Collection of African American Artifacts. The need is great so any donations to help are very much appreciated! :-)
https://www.facebook.com/donateapp

Fundraise directly on your page. The Donate App allows your fans to make donations without ever leaving your page. All you need is a PayPal account!

Black History Month - A Fundraiser for the DNAAAHM on February 23, 2013.  Come celebrate the 2013 Theme - "At the Crossr...
02/05/2013
Perris Valley Historical Museum Event in Support of African American History Month-Benefit for DNAAA

Black History Month - A Fundraiser for the DNAAAHM on February 23, 2013. Come celebrate the 2013 Theme - "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality" - 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, 50 Years after the 1963 March on Washington!

Perris Valley Historical Museum Event in Support of African American History Month-Benefit for DNAAAHM - Your source for local - Ethnic & Cultural events in Perris, CA

02/03/2013
Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum

Time Warner Cable profiled the Museum for Black History Month in 2011. It is worth watching each year though to remind ourselves that Mabel Kearney's legacy is to someday be "world renowned" because we are all in this together! http://youtu.be/kOPdHnzLRfk

DNAAAHM was profiled by Time Warner Cable for the 2011 celebration of Black History Month. The Museum is dedicated to preserving pieces of the past to educat...

02/02/2013

The Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum just received its 501(c)3 determination letter from the IRS!

Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum's cover photo
02/02/2013

Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum's cover photo

Address

316 E 7th St
Perris, CA
92570

General information

Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum is open by appointment only. Please Call: 310-740-5315 Please send all donation to: DNAAAHM P.O.Box 1383, Perris, CA 92570 The DNAAAHM does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disabilities in hiring practices or provision of services.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(310) 740-5315

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