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San Francisco Exhibit Includes Rare Books, Art, Photos, Slave Shackles

Published on: February 16, 2013

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Photos courtesy of The Kinsey Collection: Well-to-do Black Couple, ca. 1890 Hand-colored tintype | Young Girl, c. 1855 Ambrotype

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.–A national touring exhibition and one of the largest private collections of African American artifacts and artwork contains an early version of the Emancipation Proclamation, correspondence between Malcolm X and Alex Haley, slave shackles, 18th and 19th-century slave documents and much more. The Kinsey Collection  is on display through May 19, 2013 at Museum of the African Diaspora (disaspora is the movement, migration, or scattering of people away from an established or ancestral homeland.) Artifacts, some dating to 1773, include 85 rare books and manuscripts.  See: moadsf.org

Even though California entered the U.S. as a free state, slavery existed. A combination of unfavorable court cases and proposed legislation resulted in more than 700 African-Americans leaving the state in a mass exodus via steam ship to Victoria, Canada. Slavery was abolished in all states under the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which took effect on  December 18, 1865.

San Francisco is home to world class cultural museums such as De Young Museum, Asian Art Museum and California Academy of Sciences.

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