Black History Collection Makes Its Disney Debut

The Kinsey Collection premieres at Epcot.

The Kinsey Collection at Epcot - Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have entrusted their collection of African-American treasures to Walt Disney World Resort for the ?Rediscovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection? exhibit at Epcot. Take a look at a few of the pieces that have truly made their mark in Black history. (Photo: David Roark)

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The Kinsey Collection at Epcot - Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have entrusted their collection of African-American treasures to Walt Disney World Resort for the “Rediscovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection” exhibit at Epcot. Take a look at a few of the pieces that have truly made their mark in Black history. (Photo: David Roark)

Star-Studded Collection - The Kinsey Collection focuses on the American story of determination, courage, hope, struggle and inspiration. More than 40 pieces of art, artifacts, books and documents make up the collection. Grey?s Anatomy stars James Pickens Jr. and Chandra Wilson, who lent their voices to narrate parts of the exhibit, attended the opening ceremony of the collection on March 8.  (Photo: Gene Duncan, photographer)

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Star-Studded Collection - The Kinsey Collection focuses on the American story of determination, courage, hope, struggle and inspiration. More than 40 pieces of art, artifacts, books and documents make up the collection. Grey’s Anatomy stars James Pickens Jr. and Chandra Wilson, who lent their voices to narrate parts of the exhibit, attended the opening ceremony of the collection on March 8.  (Photo: Gene Duncan, photographer)

Lighting the Way - By turning the handle of this lantern, viewers hear stories narrated by some of our favorite actors and actresses including Wilson, Pickens, Whoopi Goldberg and others.  (Photo: Kent Phillips, Photographer)

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Lighting the Way - By turning the handle of this lantern, viewers hear stories narrated by some of our favorite actors and actresses including Wilson, Pickens, Whoopi Goldberg and others.  (Photo: Kent Phillips, Photographer)

An American Story - A painting by Huey Lee Smith is one of Shirley Kinsey?s favorites: "The girl in the picture is jumping rope with her back to you. I like to say that little girl is me, and in it I'm looking to the future," she said. (Photo: Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Collection)

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An American Story - A painting by Huey Lee Smith is one of Shirley Kinsey’s favorites: "The girl in the picture is jumping rope with her back to you. I like to say that little girl is me, and in it I'm looking to the future," she said. (Photo: Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Collection)

Sewing Up History - Pictured in the right corner of this display sits one of Shirley Kinsey?s favorite pieces in the collection, a sewing machine that her mother and grandmother used to make clothes for their family. (Photo: Kent Phillips, Photographer)

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Sewing Up History - Pictured in the right corner of this display sits one of Shirley Kinsey’s favorite pieces in the collection, a sewing machine that her mother and grandmother used to make clothes for their family. (Photo: Kent Phillips, Photographer)

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An "Invisible Presence" - "We've selected these pieces with a great deal of care, and we continue to look for pieces that will bring the story to bear and give a more complete picture," Bernard Kinsey said. "We really want to write Black people into the narrative of America. Once we do that we can get over race, which is also what we want." (Photo: Gene Duncan, photographer)

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An "Invisible Presence" - "We've selected these pieces with a great deal of care, and we continue to look for pieces that will bring the story to bear and give a more complete picture," Bernard Kinsey said. "We really want to write Black people into the narrative of America. Once we do that we can get over race, which is also what we want." (Photo: Gene Duncan, photographer)

Don't Forget the Bike Rider - In this display sits the Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World: The Story of a Colored Boy's Indomitable Courage and Success Against Great Odds, a profile of a forgotten cyclist, Major Taylor, whose career spanned from 1894 to 1909. (Photo: Kent Phillips, Photographer)

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Don't Forget the Bike Rider - In this display sits the Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World: The Story of a Colored Boy's Indomitable Courage and Success Against Great Odds, a profile of a forgotten cyclist, Major Taylor, whose career spanned from 1894 to 1909. (Photo: Kent Phillips, Photographer)

Mr. Douglass' Place in History - Frederick Douglass' bust is a popular and recognizable face within the collection.  (Photo: Kent Phillips, Photographer)

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Mr. Douglass' Place in History - Frederick Douglass' bust is a popular and recognizable face within the collection.  (Photo: Kent Phillips, Photographer)

Cooking Up History - Within this display lies the first African-American cookbook, What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Southern Cooking, along with Benjamin Banneker's almanac. (Photo: Kent Phillips, Photographer)

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Cooking Up History - Within this display lies the first African-American cookbook, What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Southern Cooking, along with Benjamin Banneker's almanac. (Photo: Kent Phillips, Photographer)

The Art of Today - Not all of the artwork and artifacts in the Kinsey Collection are from the past. The painting in this display is by Kadir Nelson, a contemporary illustrator who graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo: David Roark, photographer)

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The Art of Today - Not all of the artwork and artifacts in the Kinsey Collection are from the past. The painting in this display is by Kadir Nelson, a contemporary illustrator who graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo: David Roark, photographer)