Gantt exhibit blends art, African American history

Gantt exhibit blends art, African American history

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on September 9, 2013 at 6:25 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A group of Wells Fargo employees take a stroll through the third floor of the Harvey B. Gantt center in uptown as part of a special chance to not only see history, but hear from the couple who spent more than 30 years collecting the rare artifacts.

The exhibit shows the untold story of African Americans and their contributions to the country.
 
"We strive to give our ancestors a voice and a personality. He (husband Bernard) can tell you how they walked down the street, got their haircut and where they went to the cleaners," said Shirley Kinsey, who said that she and her husband Bernard started collecting pieces of art decades ago, and soon started collecting works of African American and that eventually led them to amassing one of the largest collections of African American Cultural in the world.
 
Some of the items on display are an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, letters written by Martin Luther King, Jr., Phillis Weathely and Malcolm X, and renowned artists such as Henry Tanner and Charlotte's own Rearden
 
The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, where art and history intersect is sponsored by Wells Fargo, and is in the midst of traveling the country.

The Kinsey collection is now in its final weeks in Charlotte.

More than 3 million people have seen the exhibit since it started in 2007.
 
"Having touched so many millions of people with our Kinsey collection, we think it’s a great way to share what we love with the world," Bernard said.

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