“How did a white guy of modest means who grew up in Takoma Park amass one of the largest and most significant private collections of African American artifacts in the country, and become an unseen force in the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture?He put his soul into it.”

by Siobhan Passmore.

Recently I stumbled across an article about a collector of African American artifacts. His name is Mark Mitchell, and his collection forms the basis of a new museum in the Washington Mall that celebrates the history of African Americans from slavery to the present day. It represents a unique collection in both its breadth and depth and documents a vital part of the history of the United States. The article is well worth reading, providing an insight into the mind of an unusual collector, as well as the responses of the…

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