Commemorating Juneteenth and the emancipation of slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865, the African American Museum, Dallas in Fair Park is announcing plans to present the widely acclaimed exhibition, The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, which celebrates the achievements and contributions of black Americans from 1595 to present times.
Considered one of the most comprehensive surveys of African-American history and culture outside the Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition will feature over 150 of the shared treasures amassed by Shirley and Bernard Kinsey during their five decades of marriage. The collection includes masterful paintings and sculpture, photos, rare books, letters, manuscripts and more.
The Kinsey Collection, representing the intersection between art and history, covers the lives and artistry of African-American people from the 16th century through the years of slavery and emancipation, to the civil-rights movement and modern day. Highlights include bills of sale, advertisements, letters and legal papers documenting the slave trade; hand-colored tintypes from the Civil War era; art and literature from the Harlem Renaissance; and items spotlighting key moments in the civil rights movement, including the Woolworth store boycotts and the 1963 March on Washington. See news release below for details.