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Why stolen objects being returned to Africa don’t belong just in museums – podcast
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Why stolen objects being returned to Africa don’t belong just in museums – podcast

By Gemma Ware, The Conversation and Daniel Merino, The Conversation Momentum is growing for objects stolen during the colonial era that are now held in museums in Europe and North America to be returned to the places and communities that they were taken from. In this episode of The Conversation Weekly podcast, we talk to three experts about what happens to these objects once they’re returned and the questions their restitution is raising about the relationship between communities and museums in Africa. The Benin bronzes are at the centre of the restitution movement. Many of these objects, made of brass, ivory, wood and other materials as well as bronze, were looted in 1897 when British soldiers invaded the Kingdom of Benin in what is today Benin City in Nigeria. Since the...
A Pasadena school is the nation’s first named after Octavia Butler — and it’s her alma mater
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A Pasadena school is the nation’s first named after Octavia Butler — and it’s her alma mater

The late science-fiction novelist hoped to broaden the horizons of Black children. Her former junior high has a STEAM focus and serves more than 90 percent students of color. This story was originally published by The 19th By Nadra Nittle, The 19th When science-fiction writer Octavia Butler was growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, school was a struggle. With undiagnosed dyslexia, she didn’t excel in class. Outside of it, the shy student lacked the social skills of her more gregarious peers. And her height — she grew to be six feet tall — made her even more self-conscious. “It's tough to be a loner kid with a dream who's very tall,” said Tananarive Due, an American Book Award-winning author and UCLA lecturer who teaches Black horror and Afrofuturism, including Butler’s work...
London museum agrees to return collection of stolen Benin Bronzes and art to Nigeria
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London museum agrees to return collection of stolen Benin Bronzes and art to Nigeria

A museum in London announced today it has agreed to return dozens of historic African artifacts, including precious Benin Bronzes, brass and art to the Nigerian government where they were forcefully taken by colonists in the late 19th century. London's Horniman Museum said it will return 72 artifacts. This includes 12 brass plaques known as Benin Bronzes that were seized from the Kingdom of Benin by British soldiers in 1897. It is estimated that thousands of artifacts were looted by British military invaders and eventually spread throughout European museums and the U.S. The Horniman Museum said Nigeria's National Commission for Museums and Monuments requested the return earlier this year. It is believed that Horniman’s compliance, similar to other European museums last year, could in...
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Famous “Sugar Shack” painting draws $15.2 million at auction

Maybe you think of “Good Times.” Maybe it’s Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” album. However you recall first laying eyes on Ernie Barnes’s famous painting, you probably remember a priceless feeling. The iconic “Sugar Shack” painting will now have a new home after pulling $15.2 million at an auction yesterday. The “Sugar Shack” painting was sold to the highest bidder at Christie’s auction house, with bidding reportedly lasting about 10 minutes before it peaked. ”Sugar Shack” is a highly-regarded painting that depicts a packed dance hall for Blacks. It is the most noted work of art by former NFL player Barnes — and now, possibly the most valuable after yesterday’s auction.