March 18, 2005  


Ashley Honored for Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center

SLAC hosted the collection last February. See:

The following is reprinted courtesy of the Clinton Foundation

Al Ashley (Photo courtesy of the Clinton Foundation)

On February 15, 2005, over 150 guests attended a lecture and reception honoring Al Ashley, whose collection—“African American Coins and Stamps”—will be a featured exhibit at the Clinton Center through the end of February in celebration of Black History Month. Ashley addressed the crowd in the Center’s Great Hall, telling stories of his encounters with famous black Americans like Langston Hughes when Ashley was a child growing up in Tuskegee, Alabama. After Ashley’s lecture, guests were invited to tour the Clinton Library.

Jointly sponsored by the William J. Clinton Foundation, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and the Clinton Presidential Library, Ashley’s collection is the first temporary exhibit to be featured at the Clinton Center since its opening on November 18, 2004. Ashley began his collection in 1978. It pays tribute to African-Americans who have made major achievements throughout United States history including Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Dr. George Washington Carver, Duke Ellington, W.E.B. Du Bois, General Benjamin Davis, Jr., Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, Scott Joplin and Mary McLeod Bethune, among many others.

“I am very excited that the Al Ashley collection will be on display at my library,” said former President William J. Clinton. “I hope people will come see it and honor the accomplishments of the remarkable men and women featured in this exhibit.”

“People who have seen this collection have great things to say about it,” said Dr. David Alsobrook, director of the Clinton Library. “We are certainly pleased to share it with our many in-state and out-of-state visitors.”

“This is also an important educational exhibit,” said David Pryor, Dean of the Clinton School. “It is a walk through American history.”

In addition to stamps and coins, the Ashley collection features two rare antislavery tokens, one produced in Britain in 1795 and the other produced in the United States in 1838.

Ashley was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, home of the Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University. As Ashley was growing up there, the Tuskegee Institute drew prominent African-Americans to the small town, many of whom Ashley met personally.

Ashley earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Texas Southern University at Houston and a masters degree in public administration from California State University at Hayward.
He retired after over 30 years of service from Stanford University where he served as a personnel officer. In addition to collecting, he continues providing opportunities for minority students as a consultant to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.





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Last update Thursday March 17, 2005 by Emily Ball