African Art Museum Celebrates Its 50th

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Camille Cosby and Bill Cosby are honored for loaning their private collection to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. | Neshan H. Naltchayan

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, founded by Warren Rogers in 1964 in a Capitol Hill townhouse that once belonged to Frederick Douglass, celebrated 50 years Nov. 7 with a star-studded gala. Special guests were Camille and Bill Cosby, who loaned their art collection to the museum for inclusion in the newly opened “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue.” Gala honorees were artist Bruce Onobrakpeya and Lydia Puccinelli Robbins of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication.

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