Reggie & Celeste Hodges Donate African Art Collection to NC Museums

Hello! We’re Reggie & Celeste Hodges, former Peace Corps Volunteers who are donating our West African carvings, textiles, and photos to museums. We went from serving as Volunteers in Sierra Leone 50 years ago to donating our African art collection to museums today. A few articles that tell our story are available here.

The Museums

Carvings and Textiles

Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State University
The Gregg has accepted 41 textiles, carvings, and other items, including this Senufu mud cloth. The carvings will be displayed at some point. Textiles deteriorate in light so they will be kept in archival storage cabinets to be seen and handled only by textile students and researchers.
• See items at the Gregg.
• See descriptions.

North Carolina Museum of Art
The NCMA has accepted 24 pieces, including our two favorites, a gongoli and a Bundu mask named Navoh. Curator of African Art Amanda Maples conducted research in Sierra Leone so she’s as excited as we are that the NCMA is giving these pieces from Sierra Leone a permanent home.
• See all tems at NCMA.
• See our two favorites on exhibit in the NCMA African gallery: the Gongoli and the Bundu Mask.

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
The Nasher has accepted 27 pieces, including this falui mask. A Wolof ngoni (guitar) is currently on display as part of the Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations exhibit.
• See items given to the Nasher
• See the donated pieces in the Nasher’s online catalog.

Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill
The Ackland has accepted two Bundu masks and they are interested in having more. Reggie recently became a member of both the museum’s National Advisory Board and the Acquisitions Committee so we’re confident that the Ackland’s African Art collection will soon expand.
• See items given to the Ackland


John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History & Culture at Duke University
We’re honored that the JHF asked to have the cultural photos that we took and we’ve committed to donating all of our African prints, slides, and negatives to the JHF archive. We’re in the process of digitizing and culling the set, which comprises a couple thousand items, and we plan to make many of the digital versions publicly available online. See a few photos in the slideshow below, with a larger selection in this google album.

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