A selection of work from one of the world’s oldest and largest collections of African-American art, the Paul R. Jones Collection, will be on display at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum starting in September.
Called one of the most complete holdings of African-American art ever assembled, the Paul R. Jones Collection features the work of renowned artists including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Henry Ossawa Tanner. Known for his keen eye for quality art, Jones amassed more than 2,000 pieces in his lifetime, placing him among Art and Antiques magazine's top 100 U.S. collectors.
In 2008, Jones donated 40 pieces from his collection to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and those works will be on display inside the Rosa Parks Museum exhibit hall from Sept. 5 through Oct. 31.
The exhibit opening event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. and will feature a lecture entitled “The Peculiar Mission of the Paul R.