A lifetime studying the Black experience — and collecting art related to it

Ralph C. Gomes, who died in March, was on the faculty at Howard University for 49 years. Around 1985, Stephanie Kenyon went to an antiques auction eager to bid on a handsome polychrome iron bust of a Black youth.

“Of course, I didn’t get it,” said Kenyon, who today owns the Sloans & Kenyon auction house in Bethesda, Md. “When Dr. Gomes went after something, he was a successful bidder. He bid until he bought it.”

She’s talking about Ralph C. Gomes , who for 49 years was a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University. Gomes […]

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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