Walton Theater to host Kinsey Collection

Published 11:10 pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Along with celebrating the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee, residents will have the opportunity to see African American history unfold visually at the Selma Walton Theater.

Photos of the Kinsey Collection — a collection of more than 100 African American artifacts spanning four centuries — will be presented Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Walton.

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, owners of the collection, will be at the theater providing background information on the collection, which details the African American experience.

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“They have one of the most extensive collections of African American art and historical artifacts,” said Sharon Diggs-Jackson, who manages the Walton alongside her husband, David. “They’ll walk us through their collection and actually use the collection as a way to help teach history.”

With education as its main goal, the Kinsey Collection has been on a national tour since 2007 and has been viewed by more than 3 million people.

The collection has been cited as one of the largest privately owned collections of African American art.

“We’ll have the items on the big screen so people can kind of see history unfold,” Jackson said of the presentation.

The collection includes authentic and rare art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts that tell the often untold story of African American achievement and contribution.

Jackson said she and her husband wanted to bring the Kinsey’s to Selma so those participating in Jubilee weekend could come to the theater and view the collection.

“I don’t think they’ve ever done a presentation in a small town like this before so we’re really excited about that,” Jackson said. “They’ve dedicated their wealth to amassing this collection of art and artifacts and they’re both quite successful in t heir personal lives as well.”

Cost is $35 to attend the presentation and tickets can be purchased the day of the event.