(L-R) Bank of America Senior Vice President and Market Executive Keith A. Drake, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, and California African American Museum Executive Director Charmaine Jefferson.-Photo by Earl Dotson
Acclaimed photographer Moutoussamy-Ashe brought CAAM’s “Daufuskie Island” exhibit to life with a presentation on the lifestyle and culture of the people of Daufuskie, a small sea island off the coast of South Carolina.
Moutoussamy-Ashe shared photographs and audio recordings of the “Geechee” language spoken on the island. The event highlighted the unique culture and language of the African American sea islanders who have lived on Daufuskie Island for more than two hundred years. Approximately 200 guests enjoyed h’orderves, live entertainment, music and the exhibits through the museum.
In celebration of Black History Month, Bank of America executives participated as an expression of their commitment to educating the community and bringing more awareness to the arts.
“As we celebrate Black History Month, Bank of America is proud to support the California African American Museum (CAAM) as a part of our commitment to making arts more accessible to our communities,” said Keith Drake, Senior Vice President and Business Banking Market Executive for Bank of America. “We are particularly honored to bring Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe’s Daufuskie Island photography exhibit to CAAM. Her powerful images tell a little-known, but important part of the African American experience.” Drake is also a board member of Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum.
The California African American Museum (CAAM) researches, collects, preserves and interprets for public enrichment the history, art and culture of African Americans. Chartered by the California State Legislature in 1977, CAAM is a state supported institution and a partner with the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum. In addition to its permanent collection, CAAM hosts specially mounted exhibitions curated through loans and its own collection, and tours CAAM exhibitions throughout California and the nation. Located at 600 State Drive in Exposition Park, the museum is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sundays, 11am – 5pm. Parking in the adjacent lot is $8.00 all day. Enter the lot from Figueroa and 39th Streets. Admission and workshop participation is always free.