In honor of Black History Month, here are some early works in our collection by African American artists.

Squirrel,” date unknown, by William Edmondson

Tall Case Clock,” 1801–5, movement made by Peter Hill, case possibly by George Deacon

Charles Willson Peale (1741–827),” after 1802, by Moses Williams

Storage Jar,” 1859, made by David Drake (Dave the Potter)

The Annunciation,” 1898, by Henry Ossawa Tanner

Birds in Flight,” 1927, by Aaron Douglas

Blind Singer,” c. 1939–40, by William Henry Johnson

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Holt Collier, one of the few African Americans who served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.

Believe it or not, he escaped his master in order to join the Confederate Army, where he served with Company I of the 9th Texas Cavalry. After the Civil War he became a professional bear hunter, killing over 3,000 bears throughout his career.  He often hunted with President Theodore Roosevelt.  He died in 1936.  The photo above was taken shortly before his death.


“I believe that when you wrestle with your demons in public, they cease to haunt you in private,” says Kenyan born writer, producer and director Peres Owino well known for the documentary Bound: Africans vs. African Americans, Indeed, It would be ridiculous and ignorant to say that there exists no chasm or rift between Africans, African-Americans, Afro-Latinos, Afro-Caribbeans and Afro-Europeans. The conversation about the state of the black race within the context of the larger human family is one that is very necessary to have.

Why do Africans and people of African descent hailing from elsewhere appear to hate each other? Good question. There are several reasons why. The following will provide a good summary.

·         Misconceptions among African Diaspora that Africans are tree climbing, starving naked monkeys that can be saved by donating one dollar a month.

·         Misconceptions among African Diaspora that Africans did not contribute to the overall struggle for the race and that they somehow ‘suffered less’.

·         Belief that Africans cruelly sold the African Diaspora as slaves.

·         Belief that Africans are arrogant and disrespectful to African Diaspora.

·         Belief that Africans just love licking the white man’s foot.

·         Misconceptions among Africans that African Diaspora are uncultured and not purely African

·         Belief among Africans that African Diaspora are lazy and useless to the economies of the countries they reside in.

·         Belief among Africans that African Diaspora are unconcerned about Africa’s future and therefore irrelevant to the African story.

Now onto my favorite part of this article where we debunk all this crazy and childish (If I may say) myths that so effortlessly make a fool out of the hope of total Pan-African unity. Firstly, it is ludicrous for anyone let alone people of African descent to be in the 21st century and still believe that Africans are primitive nude apes dying of Aids and Ebola. Anybody that still holds on to that belief should do some research and stop leisurely displaying their ignorance and gobbling down what the media shows them and taking it as gospel truth. I even once read a comment on snap chat from an American shocked beyond measure by the site of thousands of snaps from Nairobi (the Kenyan capital) while he thought there were only three phones in the whole country. Another posted that he couldn’t believe the people “whose drinking water he was paying for” had smart phones. The reason all this is laughable is because Nairobi is just one city in a country that has several and there are 54 independent states in Africa and years of information, cultural exchange and knowledge about the state of Africa. Talk about ignorance by choice.

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In the #GrowingUpHabesha tag. One of the tweets said something like “GrowingUpBlack tag doesn’t compare to the GrowingUpHabesha tag.” 

This is the shit I’m talking bout. 

African Americans started the #GrowingUpBlack tag. Not only was the movement co-opted by so many other people without any type of acknowledgement, but this kid even went as far as to make a comparison where black (read: African American) art/effort is dismissed even when its the original…even when its better. 

For the history lovers…. amazing book about the thriving black business in Tulsa in the 1920s .

Sad this is barely talked about in history there were black pharmacies, movie theaters, lawyers, doctors, restaurants , grocery stores etc

Africans, and their descendants, were America’s first cowboys. Originally a cowboy was an African who worked with cattle, just as a ‘houseboy’ worked in The Big House. As you may recognize the term 'boy’ at the end which was invariably used disrespectful by White men towards Blacks. Most people are not conscious of the number of cowboys of the American West that were Black, contrary to how the film industry and the media have portrayed them. Only recently have we begun to recognize the African roots of cowboy culture. Many details of cowboy life, work, and even material culture can be traced to the Fulani, America’s first cowboys.