"I always look at that and say, 'That was me.' I was looking out to the future," Shirley Kinsey says.
The Kinseys continue to pursue items, but it's not an easy task. Many older documents tied to the African-American experience were not meant to be long-lasting and were "routinely thrown away," Bernard Kinsey says. And many people who own historical documents are reluctant to sell.
"You have to be purposeful" he says. "You have to be serious all the time."
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Art in the Epcot collection spans from the 1860s to the early 21st century, including a painting by Samuel Dunson Jr. with three figures that represent the Kinseys.
"It's called 'The Cultivators,' because he saw us as harvesting knowledge, cultivating knowledge," says Khalil Kinsey, now the collection's general manager of operations and exhibits. "It's a special piece."
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'Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from
the Kinsey Collection'
Where: American Adventure, Epcot, off Interstate 4, southwest of Orlando
When: Park hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. World Showcase opens at 11 a.m.
Cost: Included in regular Epcot admission. A one-day, one-park pass is $89 ($83 ages 3-9).