Wells Fargo Sponsors Opening of African-American Art Exhibit in Houston

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As the nation observes the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) and the Houston Museum of African American Culture readies the opening of, African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection, on August 2, 2014.

The Kinsey Collection is a nationally acclaimed exhibition seen by over three million people and includes artifacts and works of art demonstrating the artistic, historic, and cultural contributions and progress of African Americans. The exhibition features documents, artifacts, and photographs dating from the 1500s to the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow years, and the Civil Rights Movement.

The exhibition at the Houston Museum of African American Culture, on display through October 26 2014, includes seldom displayed artifacts, including:

  • an early edition of Solomon Northrup’s 12 Years a Slave, the basis of the Academy Award-winning film;
  • W.E.B Dubois 1st edition copy of his ground breaking book Souls of Black Folks;
  • a baptismal record dating back to 1595, and marital record from 1598 – the earliest known documentation of African-American presence in America.
  • Works from Houston’s own, John Biggers and Lionel Lofton, are also featured.

Through these objects, The Kinsey Collection seeks to dispel myths and promote dialogue about the role of African Americans in the making of America. Wells Fargo and the Houston Museum of African American Culture invite visitors to contemplate the items displayed and to reflect on the progress that African Americans have made in civil rights and social justice, as well as consider the work remaining to achieve equality.

The role of African Americans in the art and culture of early America was far richer than commonly thought – a contribution that has endured and flourished. At the same time, the end of slavery with the Civil War did not end the exploitation, violence, and neglect of the previously enslaved and their descendants. Only through strength and commitment to social justice did African Americans secure their civil and human rights as a result of the Civil Rights Movement and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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SOURCE: Houston Forward Times

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