Brian Breye


Age: 79

Summary: founder of the Museum in Black in Los Angeles in 1965 who displayed his collection of African masks, carvings, and statuary in the front room (in the back room, there were slave manacles, a framed photo of a lynching, "Whites Only" signs from the segregated South, figurines of grinning railroad porters, jars shaped like stereotypical mammies, and vintage labels for products like Pickaninny Freeze ice cream and Uncle Remus syrup), and who kept his Leimert Park museum afloat for 40 years but finally had to close it in 2005 for lack of funds without charging admission.

Cause of Death: Cancer

Born: January 5, 1936

Died: August 3, 2015

Los Angeles, California