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New exhibit at Lewis Museum chronicles black history from 1600s to present
New exhibit at Lewis Museum chronicles black history from 1600s to present

Over the past 181 years, the bill of sale has turned a pale tan. The ink has faded from black to brown and includes elaborate flourishes that seem ill-suited to such a grim and ugly business. On Feb. 25, 1832, the bill reads, a slave named William Johnson "about eighteen years of age" was sold to the owner of an Alabama plantation for $550 — or roughly $14,000 in today's currency. "This document changed my life," the Los Angeles-based philanthropist and collector Bernard Kinsey says about the piece of paper he received as a gift in the 1970s from a friend. "When I opened that FedEx up, I felt like I was holding this young brother in my hands. I...

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