- A widow turns her own home into complete museum
- She felt that the art world was not giving black woman attention
- Her museum is the first of its kind that celebrates black beauty
Vashti Dubois was getting sick and tired of being ignored as a black woman. Every museum she visited, there were no art of black girls. She was not happy about it. And so she decided to do something really out of the box.
The 56-year-old widow from Philadelphia practically turned her own house into a museum. She called it The Colored Girls Museum.
“Mine is to celebrate everything about black woman. I felt that the art world was not giving her attention, so I decided to do something about it,” she says.
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Since there were so much of different things in the many museums out there, she thought of coming up with a museum that will showcase the black beauty through art.
“I wanted to show her day-to-day life as a sister, lover, friend, artist and victim. I also wanted to show the world that the system would not be complete without the colored girls,” she says.
The museum’s collection include paintings, artifacts, textiles, dolls, and sculptures. She reportedly works with some of the world’s finest artists to give the museum its outstanding identity.
Several artists, she says, have contributed towards making her dream become a reality.
The museum is open on Sundays. It receives about 100 visitors, mostly black women, every Sunday.
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