Art collector and community activist Peggy Cooper Cafritz has been described as “resilient and so voracious.” Five years ago, a fire destroyed her home, as well as her collection of contemporary African and African-American art. The collection contained works from the likes of Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Hank Willis Thomas, and Jacob Lawrence, who received a Rosenwald grant in 1940. The collection had over 300 works and was worth millions of dollars. Instead of dwelling on her tremendous loss, Peggy decided to continue collecting art that she loved. Her new condominium is saturated with artwork, so much so that it can be hard to find the furniture.
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