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A home filled with African artifacts

Frances Watkins' historic home in Kings Park showcases

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

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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

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

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

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
Photo 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
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

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

Carvings, pictures and other pieces of art are
Photo 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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