Wells Fargo Honors 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation at S.F. Art Exhibit

Brenda Wright, Wells Fargo senior vice president of Community Relations.

Grace C. Stanislaus, executive director of the Museum of the African Diaspora.

To honor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Wells Fargo is joining with the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and other of the nation’s leading African American museums to host a year-long tour of “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect.” The exhibit contains a world-class collection of art and artifacts chronicling African American history and culture dating back to the 1600s, including an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. The tour officially launches during Black History Month making its first stop in San Francisco on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) at 685 Mission St. in San Francisco. The opening reception of the exhibit will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8. The Kinsey Collection brings to life many important and untold stories involving the rich history of African Americans, their achievements and contributions, as well as their struggles for equality and civil rights that remains relevant today. “Wells Fargo embraces the arts as a voice for history and culture,” said Brenda Wright, Wells Fargo senior vice president of Community Relations. “We are excited to present ‘The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect’ as a way to share an important story involving the rich history of African Americans, a history of identity and struggle for equality that is both unique and shared by others.” “We are greatly honored to be the first venue in the national tour of the Kinsey Collection, a collection that is incomparable for the historical significance and quality of the objects but also for the extraordinary stories they tell about the indomitable spirit, creativity and resiliency of African Americans,” said Grace C. Stanislaus, executive director of the Museum of the African Diaspora. “The Kinsey Collection strives to give our ancestors a voice, name and personality, enabling the viewer to understand the challenges, obstacles, triumphs and extraordinary sacrifice of African Americans who’ve greatly contributed to the success of this country,” said Bernard Kinsey. For information go to www.moadsf.org<http://www.moadsf.org/ or call (415) 358-7200.
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