Reggie & Celeste Hodges Donate African Collection to Art Museums
Hello! We’re Reggie & Celeste Hodges, former Peace Corps Volunteers who are donating our West African carvings, textiles, and photos to museums. We’ve gone from serving as Volunteers in Sierra Leone 50 years ago to sharing our African art collection with museums today. A few articles that tell our story are available here.
Museums that Have Accepted Artworks from the Hodges Collection
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
• Hodges’ items accepted by the Gregg
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:
• Hodges’ items accepted by the NCMA
• Our two favorites are on exhibit in the NCMA African gallery: Gongoli and Navoh. Also on exhibit: Fulani blanket.
University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
The UMMA has accepted three artworks from our collection. They will be kept on the UM campus, where John F Kennedy first spoke of his idea of the Peace Corps while addressing an enthusiastic student audience – at 2:00 AM on October 14, 1960. See:
• Hodges’ items accepted by the UMMA
• JFK Plaque at U of M
• JFK Medallion at U of M
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 more photos in our sampler portfolio.
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