Housatonic Community College showcases extensive African art throughout Black History Month

It's one of the largest collections of African art at a community college in the country.

News 12 Staff

Feb 3, 2022, 10:38 PM

Updated 889 days ago

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A remarkable collection of art, valued at over $30 million, is on display at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport for Black History Month.
Among that art is hundreds of different ethnographic objects that line the hallways of the school.
It's one of the largest collections of African art at a community college in the country.
Some of the art dates back thousands of years.
Dr. Dwayne Smith, CEO of Housatonic Community College, says people have been coming from other countries just to see this extensive collection at an important time of the year.
"We do celebrate Black History Month because it's important but it's also important to understand that African American history is woven into the fabric of our country so to celebrate it we're inspired throughout the year," said Smith.
There is even an important print in the school's art gallery by Jacob Lawrence, one of the most important Black American artists of the 20th century.
The exhibits are open to the public seven days a week.


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