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African Art Museum celebrates 36 years

African Art Museum celebrates 36 years

When Doris and Claude Ligon first talked about opening an African art museum in Columbia over 36 years ago, they knew it was not a well-known subject. One friend even warned Doris to reconsider, she said.

"They told me, 'I don't know about that African art. It's got that voodoo in it,'" Ligon chuckled.

The museum was the first of its kind when it opened in Columbia in 1980. It relocated to Maple Lawn six years ago. Its small space is filled with both art and information, according to Abram Engelman, a board of trustees member.

"It is a wonderful entity," Engelman said, of the African Art Museum. "[Ligon] makes incredible use of the space. It is...