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For U.S. Museums With Looted Art, the Indiana Jones Era Is Over by Graham Bowley Prodded by law enforcement, and pushed by foreign governments, American museums are increasingly returning artifacts to countries of origin, but critics wonder at what cost. One organization, the Restitution Study Group, has sued to block the Smithsonian’s transfers. Deadria Farmer-Paellmann,…

BENIN BRONZE ALERT!

Speak up at the Smithsonian Board of Regents Annual Public Forum When Tuesday, December 13, 2022 -3:00pm – 4:00pm Where Live webcast at www.si.edu/regents/webcasts Who Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the SmithsonianSteve Case, Chair, Smithsonian Board of RegentsJorge Zamanillo, director, National Museum of the American LatinoLisa Sasaki, interim director, Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum The Smithsonian Board…

Giving Tuesday is the perfect time to show your support….

The Restitution Study Group thanks you for your ongoing support of our innovative efforts to secure slavery justice. Our litigation and education campaigns targeting complicit corporations and other tainted entities is paving the way for restitution and reparations successes globally. We need your support to keep up the fight on the frontline. Please make a…

Giving Tuesday is the perfect time to show your support….

The Restitution Study Group thanks you for your ongoing support of our innovative efforts to secure slavery justice. Our litigation and education campaigns targeting complicit corporations and other tainted entities is paving the way for restitution and reparations successes globally. We need your support to keep up the fight on the frontline. Please make a…

BBC – The Cultural Frontline: Cultural restitution… who decides?

November 26, 2022 Tina Daheley is joined by Herman Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation who oversees the work of 27 museums and cultural organizations in Germany; Annelize Kotze, Curator at the national Iziko Museums of South Africa; Alexander Herman, Director of the UK based Institute of Art and Law and author of…

Benin Bronzes = Blood Metal

The tragedy of the Benin bronzes being taken from the Benin Kingdom in 1897 is certain, but the untold story of the relics must be acknowledged too. The 16th to 19th century Benin bronzes are Blood Metal — made from melted metal bracelets called manillas, a currency paid to the Benin Kingdom in exchange for…

Why slave descendants want the Benin Bronzes to stay in US — BBC

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani A group of African Americans has filed a lawsuit to stop the return of some Benin Bronzes from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC to Nigeria. They claim that the bronzes – looted by British colonialists in the 19th Century from the kingdom of Benin in what is now Nigeria -…

SMITHSONIAN BENIN BRONZE TRANSFERS TO NIGERIA ARE ILLEGAL

Open Letter to Vice President Kamala Harris, Chief Justice John Roberts and other Smithsonian Board of Regents Members Dear Vice President Harris, Chief Justice Roberts and all members of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, I represent the Restitution Study Group, a New York-metro organization concerned with slavery justice.  I am also one of millions of…

CALL TO ACTION! STOP THE BENIN BRONZE TRANSFERS

EMAIL THE VICE PRESIDENT & THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION BOARD OF REGENTS: To: wilkinsonp@si.edu Cc: rsgincorp1@gmail.com Dear Vice President Harris & Smithsonian Board of Regents,  Don’t transfer Benin bronzes to Nigeria and slave trader heirs. Most were made with manilla currency paid in exchange for enslaved people! Save them for heirs of the enslaved! THEY BELONG TO ALL…

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