Wells Fargo Honors the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with National Art Exhibit Featuring the Renowned Kinsey Collection

Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:00pm EST

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A celebration of American History through African American Art and Culture
SAN FRANCISCO--(Business Wire)--
Tohonor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Wells Fargo
(NYSE: WFC) joins with several of the nation`s leading African American museums
to host a yearlong tour of "The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard
and Shirley Kinsey -Where Art and History Intersect." The exhibit contains a
world-class collection of art and artifacts chronicling African American history
and culture dating to the 1600s, including an early copy of the Emancipation
Proclamation.

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The Cultivators, 2000 Samuel L. Dunson, Jr. Oil on canvas (Photo: Business
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The tour officially launches during Black History Month, making its first stop
in San Francisco on Feb. 8, 2013, at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD).
It later moves to The Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte, N.C., and finally to
the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore (refer to tour schedule below for
details).

The Kinsey Collection brings to life many important and untold stories involving
the rich history of African Americans, their achievements and contributions, as
well as their struggles for equality and civil rights that remain relevant
today. 

"The appreciation of culture, diversity and human rights is at the heart of our
vision and values as a company," said Jimmie Paschall, executive vice president,
Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion, Wells Fargo. "Sponsoring the Kinsey
Collection allows us to honor a pivotal moment in American history that
ultimately shaped this country, its aspiration and realities, and its commitment
to civil rights for all Americans." 

"Sponsoring this tour provides Wells Fargo with the perfect opportunity to
encourage conversations about the value of diversity and inclusion, in our
nation`s past and future," said Michelle Thornhill, senior vice president,
African American segment manager, Wells Fargo. "The tour also allows us to
recommit to the fundamental principles of equality that promote community,
mutual understanding and shared success." 

In addition to hosting the nationally acclaimed exhibit in the three cities
mentioned above, Wells Fargo will present special events in each location in
conjunction with the host museum. Activities will include an intimate
conversation featuring Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, team member seminars and
partnerships with local schools to provide access to the exhibit. Additional
plans are underway to extend this experience to broader audiences, including a
curated micro-site. 

"The Kinsey Collection strives to give our ancestors a voice, name and
personality, enabling the viewer to understand the challenges, obstacles,
triumphs and extraordinary sacrifice of African Americans who`ve greatly
contributed to the success of this country," said Bernard Kinsey. "We are
delighted to join with Wells Fargo in honoring the 150th anniversary of the
Emancipation Proclamation and look forward to bringing this exhibition to
national audiences." 

Kinsey Collection Celebratory Tour Schedule:

* San Francisco: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)- Feb. 8-May 19, 2013 
* Charlotte: Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture- June
27-September 14 
* Baltimore: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History &
Culture- November 1-January 10, 2014

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based
financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and
headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance,
investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than
9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in
more than 35 countries to support the bank`s customers who conduct business in
the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one
in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No.
26 on Fortune`s 2012 rankings of America`s largest corporations. Wells Fargo`s
vision is to satisfy all our customers` financial needs and help them succeed
financially. 

About The Kinsey Collection

The Kinsey Collection strives to Educate, Motivate & Inspire Americans to learn
more about the remarkable contributions of African Americans in building
America. The Kinsey Collection has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and
scores of television/radio shows and newspapers/magazines nationally. It has
been cited in three national awards including the nation`s highest honor, The
President`s Medal for Museum and Library Services, and was selected as one of
the "Top Ten exhibits to see in the world". With their son Khalil, the Kinseys
have developed a 198-page coffee table book that has been adopted by the State
of Florida to teach African American history, and a companion lecture series
titled "What You Didn`t Learn in High School History". The Kinsey Collection
exhibition has been on display in eight museums including the Smithsonian
National Museum of American History, with an iteration of the collection showing
at EPCOT Center, Walt Disney World Resort through 2015.

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