The Redden Collection
A Major collection of Ethiopian art was donated to the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University on December 20, 2006. This collection of twenty-three includes paintings of oil on canvas, cloth, and hide. They contain Amharic as well as Geez, and are a grand addition to the Center's holdings of Ethipian art and artifacts.
The collection of Ethiopian Icon Art was given to the MSRC as an unrestricted gift from Mr. George Redden of Annandale, Virginia. The art was a gift from His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie to Redden’s father, the last Professor Kenneth Redden, to show Selasse’s appreciation for professor Redden’s assistance in helping to develp the first law school in Ehtiopia almost half a century ago. Professor Kenneth Redden was a highly published Law Professor at the University of Virginia. In the early 1960’s, he moved his family to Ethiopia for three years to set up the country’s first law school.