"The Cultivators," Samuel L. Dunson, Jr.
Courtesy of The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection
The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection celebrates the achievements of Black Americans spanning 400 years. One of the most comprehensive collections of African American history and culture, cultivated by Shirley and Bernard Kinsey over 40 years, the collection includes African American paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, rare books, and documents — from a bronze that bust of Frederick Douglass to letters by Malcolm X and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary source historical objects and artifacts date from 1595 to the present day, and artwork dates to 1865, painting a clearer picture of African American’s triumphs despite overwhelming obstacles.