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African American Comic Book and Action Figure Hero Collection [Frank X Walker]

In 2014, the exhibit titled "We Wear the Mask: Black Superheroes Through the Ages" opened at the Lyric Cultural Arts Gallery and Museum in Lexington, KY. The exhibit was on display September 6, 2014 through January 5, 2015. All items in the exhibit belonged to Frank X Walker (NKAA entry), and the exhibit represented only a portion of his overall collection. The size of the exhibit was a surprise to visitors, most of whom knew little or nothing about the many African American superheroes and superheroines in comic books, or the action figures and posters.

Frank X Walker's collection is one of the largest personal collections of its kind in Kentucky and the United States; it is a serious venture he started almost 30 years ago. "Over 300 black action figures (and a few other non-white characters like Bruce Lee), 1,000 plus comic books and graphic novels featuring black characters, professionally framed posters, and original art including a 5 foot tall caped crusader carved by Lavon Van Williams makes up the bulk of Frank X Walker's private collection that also includes original paintings, African masks, musical instruments and stools, ethnic sculptures, and books that focus on positive representations of blacks and other people of color." - - [source: Frank X Walker, via Facebook chat, 10/01/2014]. For more about the collection, contact Frank X Walker at the University of Kentucky. 

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“African American Comic Book and Action Figure HeroCollection [Frank X Walker],” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 15, 2021,

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