African American Treasures: History and Art from the Collection of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey
February 1, 2010
The California Museum will be displaying over 30 items, ranging in date from 1720 to 2006; an exhibit presented by the California Legislative Black Caucus.
- Mosque at Tangiers, Henry O. Tanner, circa 1870, giclee of etching
- Lilacs, James Ethan Porter, 1890, oil
- Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge (The Dreamer), Charles White, 1951, ink on paper
- The Procession, Jonathan Green, 1988, acrylic
- Slow Drag, Ernie Barnes, 1997, acrylic
- Bernard Kinsey Portrait, Buena Johnson, 2003, pencil
- The Boss VII, Bisa Butler, 2006, quilt
- Shirley P. Kinsey, Phoebe Beasley, 2006, mixed media collage
- Trailblazer’s – The Three Kings, Toni Scott, undated, print
- Slave Treaties, 1712, documents establishing the slave trade
- Schedule of Over Five Hundred Slaves, William Law, 1820, ink on vellum
- An inventory of slaves on the William Law estate (Grenada) lists by name, color, country, supposed age and marks.
- Handwritten slave document, February 25, William Johnson, 1832, giclee
- Bill of Sale of William Johnson
- Henry Butler buys the freedom of his wife and her children, Manuscript Slave Document, 1839
- Owner Mary Anne Graham sold Susan and her four children to Henry Butler, the husband of Susan and the father of the children for $100.
- A slave carrying her fate in her hands, A.M.F. Crawford, 1854
- A letter signifying to dealers that the 17-year old girl carrying the letter is to be sold so the owner could purchase horses and stables
- Slave Insurance, Albermarle Insurance Company, circa 1859
- Advertisement of slave insurance by Albermarle. Included is a schedule of premium rates per $100 depending on the age of the slave.
- A Letter from Hutson Lee to C.T. Pollard, 1860
- A letter from Hutson Lee on his letterhead printed in gold, “Broker, Auctioneer & Commission Agent,” from Charleston, to a C.T. Pollard in Montgomery.
- Harper’s Weekly “The Funeral”, August 18, 1886
- Supplement, “Who Done Send Dat Valentine, Chile? – Who?” page 185
- North Carolina Law, 1907
- Law providing for separate accommodations for white and colored passengers upon motorbuses and other forms.
- Brown et al vs Board of Education of Topeka, 1954, giclee of decision
- Letter to his Literary Agent, Martin Luther King, Jr., November 13, 1957
- Letter to Alex Haley, Malcolm X, December 3, 1963
- Regarding the writing of Malcolm X’s autobiography. On Malik Shabazz letterhead.
- United States Soldiers at Camp William Penn, Supervisory Committee for Recruiting, 1863, print
- Harper’s Weekly “The First Vote,” Gayle Hubbard, November 16, 1867
- Facsimile of iconic magazine cover
- Hiram Rhoades Revels, Mathew Brady, 1870, photograph
- A rare portrait of the first black US Senator by Brady, the father of photojournalism.
- The First Colored Senator and Representatives, Currier & Ives, 1872, lithograph
- George W. Carver and Booker T. Washington, framed photos with envelopes, 1956 and 1948
- Charles White, Gordon Parks, 1943, photograph
- What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Abby Fisher, 1881, book
- First cookbook written by an African American woman, a notable achievement as Mrs. Fisher was born a slave, and could not read or write.
- The Life of Olaudah Equiano … Gustavus Vassa, Olaudah Equiano, 1790, book
- An autobiography written by a British-owned slave who’s story influenced lawmakers to abolish the slave trade through the Slave Trade Act of 1807
- African-American Revolutionary Soldier, Ed Dwight, circa 1980, bronze sculpture
- Woman, Lane Artis, 1989, bronze sculpture
- Shy Girl, Vickson Kaphambe, 2003, spring stone sculpture
- New Guinea breast protector, New Guinea people, undated, mixed material
- New Guinea bow and arrows, New Guinea people, undated, mixed material
- Malawi Chieftain Chair, Malawi people, undated, wood