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The Kinseys And The Kinsey Collection

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are more than just art collectors. They own one of the largest and most diverse private collections of African American artifacts and artwork in the world. Their wide-ranging collection examines 400 years of the African-American experience from nineteenth-century slave documents and an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation to letters written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and works by artists RomareBearden and Henry O. Tanner. Now, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Kinseys have brought their passion for art and history to Charlotte where their collection will be on exhibition at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. We'll talk with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey and their son Khalil about their collection, their philanthropic vision and what they hope new generations will learn from four centuries of African American art, history and culture, when Charlotte Talks.

Bernard Kinsey
- Philanthropist and President and Founder of KBK Enterprises, Inc. a management consulting firm.
Shirley Kinsey - Philanthropist and Bernard's wife
Khalil Kinsey - Bernard and Shirley's son and General Manager of Operations and Exhibitions for the Kinsey Collection

  • The Kinsey Collection website
  • The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey - Where Art and History Intersect is on exhibition June 29 - October 12, 2013 at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Details.
  • An Afternoon of Art and Legacy with Collectors Bernard and Shirley Kinsey -- June 29 from 2-4pm at Wells Fargo Auditorium at Knight Theater and Gantt Center Galleries. Details.
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