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The Kinsey Collection Coming to FAMU

Posted at 10:00 AM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 10:00:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- One of the largest private collections of African American art is coming to FAMU. 

The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect is a national touring exhibit of authentic and rare art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts. 

Everything has been collected by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, both graduates of FAMU.

That's why they wanted to bring this special collection back to their alma mater. "The exhibit first showed in Tallahassee in 2009-2010 at the Mary S. Brogan Museum, and it is so special that we now get to share it with FAMU and give back to the school that has given so much to our family," reads a post on the Kinsey collection website. 

The art and artifacts span 400 years of history, and tells the "often untold story of African American achievement and contribution."

The Kinsey Collection has toured the country since 2007, and more than three million people have seen it. According to the Kinsey family, the collection has exhibited at the California African American Museum, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The DuSable Museum of African American History, The Norton Museum of Art, The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. It's also been cited in three national awards, including the President’s National Award for Museum and Library Services.

African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection is at FAMU from January 23 through March 25. Everything is house at the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery (1630 Pinder Street).

It's free and all are invited.

For more information, click here.