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Aug 9, 2015 3:33 PM

African art museum in Maine is moving to New Hampshire

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH — An African art museum that's been in Maine for more than a decade is moving to New Hampshire.

Oscar Mokeme tells the Sun Journal he feels he's being called to move the Museum of African Art & Culture to New Hampshire. The Nigerian native has been collecting African art for 40 years and opened the museum in Portland, Maine, in 1998.

Mokeme says the museum's masks, costumes, photographs and artifacts are expressions of emotion. He says they speak out against "racism, intolerance and the stagnation of the human mind."

He expects to reopen near the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth.

The 55-year-old says the museum isn't closing but is transitioning to a different location to continue its educational programming through the use of art, healing services and celebration of diversity.


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