Their English Tudor home in Woodford County is a Smithsonian South for black memorabilia.
In the last decade Monica and Doug Smith's collection has grown from four small musician figurines to more than 3,000 various pieces. The more they collect, the more they can share. Sharing is something the Smiths believe in, especially during February, Black History Month.
A retired U.S. Navy photographer and a longtime U.S. Postal Service employee in Frankfort, Doug Smith has set up a black history display annually at the Frankfort Post Office since it opened on Wilkinson Boulevard.
This month, the Smiths have also had displays at Kentucky State University, Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Lexington and First Baptist Church of Versailles; and have set up exhibits and participated in many other black history events.
Taking some of the black art and collectibles off the walls and out of the house has its benefits. There's power in the art, in the old African masks, Monica Smith says.
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