African-American Artifacts Archivist and Collector, Elizabeth Meaders

Horacio spoke with Elizabeth Meaders, owner of the world’s largest private collection of African-American artifacts. Ms. Meaders’s collection includes 20,000 items spanning from the pre-Revolution slave era through the Civil Rights Movement. Through her collection, Ms. Meaders tells an American story she feels has all too often been ignored and forgotten. In its entirety and one single lot, it will be up for auction through Guernsey’s auction house in Manhattan on March 15th at 2 PM ET. Appraisers have put the collection’s worth at between $7.5 – 10 million.

Discussion topics include:

  • The beginnings of her collection

  • Finding new items to collect through sports shows and catalogues

  • Filling knowledge gaps through the artifacts in her collection

  • The possibility of using the collection to open a new museum

  • Her desire to see her collection at The Obama Presidential Library

  • Medals dedicated to Crispus Attucks and the Benjamin Butler Medal

  • Her responsibility to see that her collection gets a new life and a new embrace

  • Stewarding a potential windfall according to her life philosophy

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