The project began in 2008-2009 under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum), the African Studies Center, with the support of the provost’s office and a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Expert consultants in history, art history, anthropology, classics, folklore, public health, psychiatry, genetics and other medical researchers formulated the central themes and selected key objects for the exhibition from the Museum’s collections, along with complementary contemporary paintings and other supporting materials.


Project Director

UPenn Project Advisors

Outside Project Consultants

Exhibit Design