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The Kinsey Collection on African American History in Little Rock

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The impressive Kinsey Collection includes authentic and rare art, original artifacts, books, documents, etc., that tell a more complete story of the black experience in America. The collection has received national acclaim, is a favorite of black celebrities, and has been featured at the DuSable Museum of African American History, the American Pavilion of Epcot Center at Walt Disney World and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

About The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection

With education as a goal, The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection has been on national tour since 2007, and has been seen by over 5 million visitors. The collection has exhibited in 18 cities, at notable institutions such as the California African American Museum, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati), The DuSable Museum of African American History (Chicago), The Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach), and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. In 2012-2014, The Kinsey Collection was on national tour sponsored by Wells Fargo, exhibiting at MOAD (San Francisco), the Gantt Center (Charlotte), the Reginald F. Lewis Museum (Baltimore), the Atlanta History Center and Houston Museum of African American Culture. Currently, a portion of the collection is on display at Epcot, Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida until 2018, where it is expected to be seen by 15-20 million visitors. The collection has been cited in 3 national awards including the President’s National Award for Museum and Library Services.

The Kinsey Collection is unique is that it is where art and history intersect, telling the African American story of achievement and contribution through authentic documents, manuscripts, books, letters and artifacts from 1595 to the present as well as 2 and 3 dimensional artworks from the 19th, 20th, and 21st century. Examples of some historical objects are: a 1595 baptism from 1595, a first edition copy of Phillis Wheatley’s book of poetry from 1773, an early draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, letters form Malcolm X to Alex Haley, and so much more. On the arts side, the exhibit contains paintings and sculpture from Romare Bearden, Richmond Barthe, Alma Thomas, Elizabeth Catlett, Norman Lewis, Merton Simpson, John Biggers, Charles White, Lois Mailou Jones, Sargent Johnson, James Wells, Artis Lane, and Eldzier Cortor  to name very few.