Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson
Council President Herb Wesson has announced that the City Council’s annual exhibit commemorating African American Heritage Month will be “From Where We Come – The Art and Politics of Slavery,” featuring the extraordinary Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Collection, and also highlight the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Kinsey’s will be contributing approximately 60 items from their award-winning collection of authentic and rare art, artifacts, documents and manuscripts spanning 400 years of African American history. The Collection has been on national tour since 2007, and has been seen by over 3 million people.
“Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have made a major contribution to the cultural heritage of the United States,” said Wesson. “The City of Los Angeles is indeed privileged and grateful to be able to exhibit elements from their amazing collection.”
Signed during the Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation is one of the nation’s most revered documents.
It declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
This historic document captured the hearts of millions of Americans and transformed the character of the war.
The exhibit, “From Where We Come – The Art and Politics of Slavery,” will be displayed on the City Hall Over-Bridge Gallery beginning February 1 through the end of the month.