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African-American attorney and oil man J. Coody Johnson motivated many black businessmen in early-day Oklahoma to establish a Negro State Fair. Opened in 1915 in Muskogee, this event came four years later to Wewoka.
The Seminole Nation Museum has recently acquired this signature copper gorget and detachable pin with hand braided chain created by Mvskoke/Seminole artist Kenneth Johnson.
It is one of two artworks chosen to be the first purchases from the recently established Joan Roberts Ligon Collections Endowment Fund. The endowment provides money for the annual purchase of artworks and artifacts to enhance the museum's collections.
The other piece accepted into the collection is a painting by Seminole/Mvskoke/Sac & Fox artist and educator Tony Tiger.
"21st Century Man" is the second of two pieces accepted into the permanent collection of the Seminole Nation Museum through its recently established Joan Roberts Ligon Collections Endowment.
The 24" x 48" acrylic on canvas panel artwork is of Southeastern and Woodland design and features elements of Seminole patchwork. It speaks to the artist's Sac & Fox, Seminole and Mvskoke heritage and is representative of the diverse lineages of many of today's Native peoples.
A formal dedication of the painting and its companion piece, a copper gorget crafted by metalsmith Kenneth Johnson, will be held in September. The public will be invited.
Welcome to the Seminole Nation Museum
The Seminole Nation Museum documents and interprets the history and culture of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and the people and events that make its capital, Wewoka, one of the most historically significant and culturally diverse communities in Oklahoma. Through the use of select artifacts, historic photographs and interpretive exhibits, the events and stories that shaped the home of the Seminoles for more than a century are chronicled in a captivating, educational and enlightening experience.