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The Cultural Museum of African Art is an experience created by African artifacts collector Eric Edwards, who has amassed one of the largest African art collections in the United States. In a journey of forty four years of carefully selecting these items, which date back to over four thousand years, he is now sharing this journey with the public in a museum setting of education and joy. The reason for creation of each artifact, will be shared, whether for religious, spiritual, protective, secretive, power, beauty, educational, as well as for utilitarian purposes are presented in an historic undertaking. African culture and history is learned through its art.


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African Art, Cultural, and Artistic Training at the Fenimore Senior Center, in the 8-week course presented by the museum - sponsored by the NYC Department of Cultural affairs, and the NYC Council - Council Member Mathieu Crown Heights Brooklyn, NY

"African Art Journey, Culture, and You" Training at Brooklyn New School, Cobble Hill - November 20, 2018

"African Art Journey, Culture, and You" November 6, 2018 Training - CUNY City-Tech Students at the Museum


African Art and History

Student Training March 26, 28, 2018

From Africa to Weeksville

- Exhibition

"From Africa To Weeksville: The Eric Edwards Collection”

opens at Weeksville Heritage Center on July 12

Exhibition displays 61 artifacts from one of the largest African art

collections in the United States

Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, July 12 from 7-9pm at 158 Buffalo Avenue (between Bergen Street & St. Marks Avenue) in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

July 3, 2018--Weeksville Heritage Center, the arts and cultural institution that sits on the site of the remaining vestiges of the second largest free African-American community of pre-Civil War America, is pleased to present “From Africa To Weeksville: The Eric Edwards Collection,” an exhibition of rare artifacts on loan from The Cultural Museum of African Art, The Eric Edwards Collection, one of the largest collections of African art in the United States amassed by an African American. The exhibition, which runs from July 12 through September 28, highlights the history and background on artifacts from 17 countries on the African continent and, through its narrative and programmatic extensions, draws explicit connections between the cultural practices of those countries and the people, both free and formerly enslaved, who built the community of historic Weeksville. “From Africa To Weeksville: The Eric Edwards Collection” is made possible in part by the support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and its Cultural Immigrant Initiative.

“I am thrilled to bring a portion of my collection to such an important place of black history and meaning as Weeksville,” says Edwards, a retired AT&T engineer. “In many ways the collection encapsulates our experience and exhibits the qualities and untold skills that we brought to this country, all of which helped build the United States into the great country it is.”

Some of the artifacts on exhibit include:

  • A 4,000 year old royal woman granite bust from the Nubian empire;
  • Ancient craftsmen’s tools utilized to create the art;
  • Some of the finest of Africa’s old metal works and castings;
  • A bronze flute player illustrating the “Lost-Wax” method of casting created in Africa;
  • Rare hand-woven cloths & garments exhibiting skills brought from Africa;
  • Shrine pieces from Gabon, the Congo, and South Africa;
  • African royalty headdresses;
  • Important drums of the Baga of Guinea, and the Yangere of the Congo;
  • Artifacts used in initiation ceremonies for young girls and boys in transition to adulthood;
  • A Terracotta Maternity from the Djenne Empire of Mali;
  • A royal bull glass bead helmet of the Bamileke of the Cameroon; and
  • Rare African and U.S. slave chains that document the “Middle Passage and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade”.

"We’re honored to be in partnership with Eric for this exhibition and to be able to show a portion of his impressive collection at Weeksville,” says Rob Fields, Weeksville Heritage Center’s President and Executive Director. “We are constantly thinking about how to connect past to present in ways that are relevant and resonant for our community. Given the current tenor of the times, it’s hard to imagine few things more powerful and reaffirming than a black cultural institution hosting and highlighting African art that’s been collected and curated by someone in our community.”

The Eric Edwards Collection is the result of over 48 years of Edwards’ work as a private collector. He has amassed one of the most important private collections of African art in the world. Over 2,500 artifacts reside alongside Mr. Edwards in his Brooklyn home, which has become a museum. The collection represents all 54 countries of Africa and spans over 4000 years of history. In the 1970s Eric Edwards, a Brooklyn native, acquired his first piece of African art-- a statue of a Bambara maternity female from Mali for $300. With this purchase his love for African Art was born, and soon escalated into an obsession for acquiring one-of-a-kind African artifacts. "I went to auctions, galleries, private acquisition sales, as well as travelling extensively around the world. I started purchasing pieces when they were truly affordable and started building my collection,” he said in an interview. Edwards credits his father James, who came to America from Barbados at 17, with teaching him about Africa’s contributions to mankind. Those lessons empowered him with a self-respect and dignity that gave him a sense of real equality.

About Weeksville Heritage Center

Weeksville Heritage Center is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s many free black communities, and the second largest of its kind in pre-Civil War America.  

Weeksville's mission is to document, preserve and interpret the history of free African American communities in Weeksville, Brooklyn and beyond and to create and inspire innovative, contemporary uses of African American history through education, the arts, and civic engagement. Using a contemporary lens, we activate this unique history through the presentation of innovative, vanguard and experimental programs. 

For press inquiries please contact Stephanye Watts, Marketing Manager, at or 718-756-5250 x329.

More information on Weeksville Heritage Center:

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Artifacts from one of the largest

 African art collections in the United

  States is coming

   to Weeksville!      July 12, 2018 7-9 PM 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

an exhibition of rare artifacts on loan from The Cultural Museum of African Art, the Eric Edwards Collection

* through September 28th 2018

We are pleased to present “From Africa

 To Weeksville: The Eric Edwards Collection one of the most important private collections of African art in the world.

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            Welcome the Community

"African Art Journey, Culture, and You” 


 - 3:00 PM


- Director of Senior Center Address

- CMAAEEC Executive Director Address

(The Program delivered to honor all students, with description of the program and its meaning to the community)

- Senior Art Instructor Address

- Selected Volunteer Student Address: "Meaning of Program to


- NYC Council Person Address

- Awards Given

- Closing

FREE: 8 weeks—2 days per week—4 hours per day—Tue & Wed or Tue & Fri (10AM to 3 PM) starting April 17, 2018: April 17, 20; 25,26; May 1,4; 8,9;15,18; 22,25; June 5,8; 12,13 - Art supplies provided , for info 347-663-7770

African Awareness through the Journey of Art and Culture expressed through the Artifacts. You will learn how to express who you are through an exhibition of African art and your own interpretations in drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, and written word. “Gala Closing Seniors’ Awards Reception”

Instructors: Eric Edwards—Ralph Carter— Milton Edwards

**We thank the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for its support, and making this possible


NYC Council—Inez Barron

Dogon Altar Shrine Figure




 The African Artifacts Collection of Eric Edwards, the Founder and Executive Director of the Cultural Museum of African Art

                                        To Celebrate

The 50th Year Anniversary of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation 

at the

  Skylight Gallery, 1368 Fulton Street, 3rd floor, Brooklyn, NY

    | February 10 – April 28, 2017 | Tue – Sat, 1 – 6 PM

“The story of Eric Edward’s collection is, in many ways, the story of Restoration,” stated Dr. Indira Etwaroo, Executive Director, The Center for Arts & Culture at Restoration. “This is a man who has devoted his life to cherishing and preserving that which symbolizes the most precious, beautiful and human aspects of who we are as a people and presents that to the world.”

The exhibit will present pieces as diverse as a royal woman’s head carved out of stone dating back 4,000 years, to Terra Cottas of the Nok Dynasty (Niger), to a carved wooden royal coffin, to Ibo Ceremonial Dance Dresses. The exhibit highlights African art as integral to African life. The universal ethos of African art positions art as a fundamental part of culture: from tools to utensils to dress to musical instruments; art is never created for art’s sake. The 2,500 piece collection has taken Edwards 46 years to amass and represents all 54 countries in Africa with artifacts dating as far back as the Nubian Empire.

For further information, to rsvp:

Cultural Museum of African Art (CMAAEEC) – 718-399-9053
Deputy Director of Development, Christine Parker – 347-978-5970

Opening Reception

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7PM

Free admission with complimentary wine and beer bar and hors d'oeuvres provided by Joloff Senegales Restaurant

Featuring Ron K Brown/EVIDENCE Dance Company

Curated by Founder and collector Eric Edwards in collaboration with Hollis King

Please Donate $50.00 and receive a "Brooklyn is Africa Poster", completely tax deductible and with free shipping. Click the Donate Button above and provide your mailing address information."

*Poster - Copyright Protected Eric Edwards Collection

                        Support The Cultural Museum of African Art

The Cultural Museum of African Art in Brooklyn, New York

Dear friends and all who want a better future for our children.

"This is your chance to support the creation of the Cultural Museum of African Art, its goal is to provide through the study of the art of Africa the history of the people of this great continent and their contributions to the world from the dawn of history. We believe that it will give young people an "anchor" in which to know that they are important and come from a proud past. It will give others more knowledge of Africa far beyond stereotypes, and provide the basis for all ethnicities, and races to join together to make this a better world, which is what we need today!", Eric Edwards.

Please donate whatever you can and pass this message to your friends, comrades, and family. With your help we hope to get the doors open in 2017

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