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American Heritage Gallery

Side view of archway entrance and display windows of The American Heritage Gallery


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Featuring “Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection,” an exhibit on American history.
Entrance to the American Heritage Gallery

A Collection of African-American Artifacts & Art

Take a journey through time at an art exhibit that represents 400 years of African-American achievement.

“Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection” draws from an extensive collection of rare art, documents, books and artifacts amassed by philanthropists Bernard and Shirley Kinsey. Their private collection has been displayed throughout the United States, including in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Approximately 40 pieces will be on display at any given time, on a rotating basis, while the exhibit is at Epcot.

About the Exhibit
The exhibit—themed to hope, belief, courage, imagination and heritage—showcases stories of American history from voices that are not commonly seen or heard. Art and artifacts pay homage to African-Americans who helped build and transform a nation.

Highlights of each themed gallery include:

  • Hope Gallery: Features Phillis Wheatley’s first book—which was the first book of poetry published by an African-American
  • Courage Gallery: Features Harriet Jacobs’ influential book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Belief Gallery: Features the cabinet card photograph of Hiram Rhodes Revels—the first African-American to represent Mississippi in the U.S. Senate
  • Imagination Gallery: Features The Negro in Art by Alain Locke, who became the first African-American Rhodes scholar in 1907
  • Heritage Gallery: Features historic artifacts including a timeworn letter from Carrie Kinsey to President Roosevelt

Interactive Storytelling
As you browse the exhibit, enjoy an enriching, immersive storytelling experience with interactive displays. Touch screens placed throughout the exhibit help you further explore the art, artifacts and history. Guest-activated lanterns help bring the history to life, with narration provided by Academy Award®-winner Whoopi Goldberg, journalist Diane Sawyer, actress Kerry Washington and other notable personalities.


American Heritage Gallery

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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