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The Renowned African-American Art Collector Paul R. Jones

Paul R. Jones with Pash Lima, the youngest artist in his collection.
Paul R. Jones with Pash Lima, the youngest artist in his collection.
Shelia Pree Bright

Renowned African-American Fine Art Collector Paul Jones passed away on January 26, 2010. He will be remember as a pioneer in the collecting of black art. He had one of the largest collections of African-American art in the world. A majority of his collection is housed at the University of Delaware. I had the opportunity to fellowship, and chat with Paul Jones on several occasions, and he was always filled with wisdom about the importance of collecting art for future generations. I would send him e-mails about events we would host, and he would always answer back with a positive note. He told Stacey and I how proud he was of the job we were doing getting the word out about black art. He invited Stacey and I to his home to view his collection, but we never made it by. I know he is telling the angels about his collection, and how much he loved art.

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