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Frances Watkins' historic home in Kings Park showcases (Credit: Ed Betz)

Frances Watkins' historic home in Kings Park showcases a collection of artifacts that celebrates the black experience. (Feb. 15, 2013)

A home filled with African artifacts

Kings Park resident Frances Watkins created her own historic home, building a collection of artifacts that celebrates the black experience.

Frances Watkins' Kings Park home is decorated with
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Frances Watkins' Kings Park home is decorated with artifacts that celebrate the black experience. (Feb. 15, 2013)

In Frances Watkins' Kings Park home, her dining
(Credit: Ed Betz)

In Frances Watkins' Kings Park home, her dining room is known as the Kwanzaa room, and its decor is devoted to the winter celebration. (Feb. 15, 2013)

Frances Watkins' collection includes dozens of dolls, such
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Frances Watkins' collection includes dozens of dolls, such as one of Hattie McDaniel in "Gone With the Wind" (Feb. 15, 2013)

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Frances Watkins has visited Africa four times. With
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Frances Watkins has visited Africa four times. With each trip, she purchased artwork, carvings and pictures, many of them family-themed. (Feb. 15, 2013)

Frances Watkins uses her Kings Park house as
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Frances Watkins uses her Kings Park house as a museum of sorts, with artifacts to educate visitors about African American history. (Feb. 15, 2013)

Dubbed
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Dubbed "Granny Frannie" by some of the local children who visit, former civil rights activist Frances Watkins says she believes in an anything-can-be-handled policy: "Nothing in this house is sacred." (Feb. 15, 2013)

Many of Frances Watkins' artifacts are drawn from
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Many of Frances Watkins' artifacts are drawn from her travels and brought back to her Kings Park home. (Feb. 15, 2013)

Frances Watkins' historic home in Kings Park showcases
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Frances Watkins' historic home in Kings Park showcases a collection of artifacts that celebrates the black experience. (Feb. 15, 2013)

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Carvings, pictures and other pieces of art are
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Carvings, pictures and other pieces of art are what have turned Frances Watkins' home into a repository of African American culture and history. (Feb. 15, 2013)

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