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6/11/15 - The Kinsey Family Returns for African American Treasures Exhibit Closing

Join the MSU Libraries for the African American Treasures exhibit closing event - A Conversation with Bernard, Shirley and Khalil Kinsey on June 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the John Grisham Room. Moderated by MSU's Sid Salter, the conversation will give insight into the Kinseys years of collecting and philanthropy, as well the significance of the objects on display at Mitchell Memorial Library and their relevance in current American society.

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey of Los Angeles have amassed an extraordinary collection of documents, artifacts, books and art that celebrate African Americans' achievements and accomplishments throughout U.S. history. Examples of artifacts found in the collection include a marriage certificate of an African American couple from 1598, a birth certificate from 1595, and a signed first edition of Fredrick Douglass' book. Art work found in the exhibit includes pieces from artists Robert Scott Duncanson and Charles Ethan Porter.

The Kinsey family, including son Khalil, will visit campus to celebrate the closing of The Kinsey Collection at MSU. There will be a public reception honoring the Kinseys following the presentation along with a book signing.

The campus community is encouraged to see the exhibit before it closes on June 20. To view exhibit hours and to schedule group tours visit If you require special assistance relating to a disability, please contact Lynda Graham at or (662) 325-6634.

The exhibit is made possible by MSU Libraries, African American Studies at MSU and grants from Visit Mississippi, Visit Starkville and the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Mississippi Humanities Council.

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