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(Left to right) Bernard, Shirley, and Khalil Kinsey pose at the Kinsey Collection on display at SoFi Stadium. (Adam Pantozzi/SoFi Stadium)

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection has toured 35 cities across America over the last 15 years. Now it’s on display inside SoFi Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood.

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, who are married, have spent decades collecting photographs, sculptures, and rare letters that capture the African American experience from the 16th century to today…

One of the pieces on display is the 1773 first edition of “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral” by Phillis Wheatley. It’s the first book of poetry published by an African American author in the United States. She was kidnapped from Gambia and sold into enslavement to the Wheatley family. She started writing her book of poems at age 13 and published the book at age 17. 

Read about the other pieces in this historic art exhibit.

Art depicts black history in the form of quilts and photos, but collecting that art is sometimes a labor of love.

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