The Kinsey Collection includes African American artistic and historical treasures collected by California residents, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, that reflect a rich cultural and historical heritage which they hope to preserve for future generations.
Collection opened to Kinseys, who may bring their own historic treasury to city for 450th
“The owners of one of the most extensive collections of African-American culture in the United States got to view Monday a piece of history few have ever seen.”
“Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, owners of the Kinsey Collection, and their son, Khalil, toured the Archives of the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine at the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent where they were shown the oldest Catholic documents in the continental U.S. Among the documents they looked at were a marriage registration from 1594 and an African-American baptism record from 1606.”
“The Kinsey Collection is coming to St. Augustine from Jan. 20, 2014, through July 15, 2014, for the city’s 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. It will be housed in the new exhibition space at the Visitor’s Information Center as part of the city’s three-year celebration for St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary, that will begin in 2013.”
“The collection includes sculptures, paintings, documents, manuscripts and photographs related to African-American history from the 1600s to present. It is one of the largest private collections tracing African-American history.”
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