The African Diaspora Museology Institute (ADMI) is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to archiving, communicating and teaching the history of black museums in the United States and beyond.
ADMI recognizes that museums are often the primary holders of cultural knowledge and artifacts. Major museums have often promoted a Western and Euro-centric cultural perspective, so we seek to ensure black museums and centers of black cultural knowledge are known, accessible and preserved across multiple generations.
Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon
Museum Anthropologist, ADMI Founder and CEO
As part of a small community of black museum academics, Dr. Johnson-Simon founded ADMI to help increase research on black museums and ensure their existence and legacy for future generations of scholars. A passionate believer in historic preservation and in the role of museums in community activism and engagement, she hopes that her work with ADMI will energize a new group of museum enthusiasts who can help to advance the institutions’ ability to hold, respect and communicate the impact of the black and African experience on history and modern life.
Dr. Johnson-Simon has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida, a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Museum Studies from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Rollins College.She has worked for more than 20 years on museum and cultural heritage projects in several states including Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. Most recently an adjunct professor at Savannah State University, she also taught at the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College and is the author of several books including Culture Keepers: Florida and is the co-editor of the Second Generation of African American Pioneers in Anthropology.