Eric Edwards, has spent more than half of his life amassing one of the largest African artifacts collections ever held in privately comprising approximately 3,000 items, which encompasses the 54 countries of Africa.

His collection includes authentic pieces from African royalty, male and female secret societies, spiritual and ritual masks, ancestral figures, weapons, jewelry, reliquary pieces, adornment, musical instruments, fetish pieces, as well as utilitarian items of everyday life.

He has held educational symposiums, seminars for children, and personal exhibits to educate people of African ancestry and the diaspora of their heritage, that include tremendous contributions to the world going back thousands of years. He introduced the first “Celebrate Africa Month” at Brooklyn Borough Hall, which is now an annual event. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, WABC TV’s “Here And Now”, CUNY TV, Whatz UP TV, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, and other television, editorial and media platforms, including international outlets.

Mr. Edwards’ purpose is to educate through the stories told by each of the artifacts within his collection, detailing the cultural and technical gifts, skills, value systems and artistry. These stories provide the history that is not currently taught in mainstream educational systems. This oral history serves to empower people of African decent through the knowledge of understanding their rich history, told through the study of their ancestor’s important contributions to art, science, architecture, and humankind.

Currently, Mr. Edwards has items from his African art collection on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His goal is to ultimately create the Cultural Museum of African Art which will house his entire collection.