Donnamarie Barnes began working at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in 2014 as a volunteer and history docent and in 2016 joined the staff full time as Curator & Archivist. She has curated the exhibitions, "Women of the Manor'', "A Place in Pictures" and "All That Has Been: Our Roots Revealed". Her ongoing work of conserving the various collections at the Manor, researching and uncovering the lives and identities of the enslaved and indigenous people of Sylvester Manor is an integral part of the organization’s mission to Preserve, Cultivate and Share the stories of all the people of Sylvester Manor. Donnamarie is also a contributor to the Plain Sight Project, dedicated to uncovering, naming and counting the enslaved people of the east End of Long Island. She has served as the Board President of the project since 2019. For over thirty years Donnamarie worked in the editorial photography field as a photographer and photo editor for publications such as People and Essence Magazines and as a Photo Editor at the Gamma Liaison international photo agency. As a life-long summer and full-time resident of Ninevah Beach in the historic SANS Community in Sag Harbor, Donnamarie grew up photographing the community and the beach landscape. In 2015 she curated a highly-acclaimed historic tintype photography exhibition at the Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor entitled, " Collective Identity". She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Cooper Union School of Art.
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