This vast private collection of Africa Diaspora, especially African-American, culture curated by husband-and-wife, Bernard and Shirley (née Pooler) Kinsey is critical to better understanding the innumerable contributions that persons of African descent made to the world.  Containing more than seven hundred items, including art, books, manuscripts and primary documents, The Kinsey Collection of African-American Art & History spans from the 16th century to the present.

Known as “The Kinsey Collection”, its mission, as per its website, is “unique in that it is where art and history intersect, telling the often-untold stories of African American achievement and contribution through primary source historical objects starting from 1595, as well as 2 and 3 dimensional artworks from the 19th, 20th, and 21st century.  The collection has been cited in 3 national awards, including the President’s National Award for Museum and Library Services”.

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