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A Place That Matters YetJohn Gubbins’s MuseumAfrica in the Postcolonial World$
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Sara Byala

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226030272

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226030449.001.0001

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The Founding Vision: John Gaspard Gubbins and the Dream of a City’s Treasure, 1924–1935

The Founding Vision: John Gaspard Gubbins and the Dream of a City’s Treasure, 1924–1935

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(p.63) Two The Founding Vision: John Gaspard Gubbins and the Dream of a City’s Treasure, 1924–1935
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A Place That Matters Yet
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Sara Byala

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226030449.003.0003

This chapter presents the argument that although it had merely opened at the time of his passing, the Africana Museum was Gubbins’ final and most important intervention in a life aimed at bettering his surroundings. The pinnacle of years of philosophical ponderings, this chapter shows that the museum was a physical incarnation of Gubbins’ metaphysical thoughts—much in the same way that his precursor library of Africana was. The birth of the library is likewise presented here as a tangible manifestation of Gubbins’ ideology whose creation, in fact, made possible the museum’s genesis. Centered around objects of Africana—or cultural objects of all who inhabit the land—the museum targeted a larger population than the library, making it the most far-reaching of Gubbins’ creations.

Keywords:   cultural objects, Africana Museum, Gubbins, Library of Africana

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