Charles and Harriet Griffin
"When anyone asked what Harriet and I wanted for our 25th wedding anniversary, we said, "Don't get us silver!" After all, why should people spend money on things we don't need? Instead, we asked our friends to help us establish an acquisition fund at the BMA. Wasn't that a neat idea? We created the fund under the auspices of the BMA's Joshua Johnson Council—that's a group named for the first African American to earn his living as a portrait painter. We also donated Three Wise Men, a bead painting by Jimoh Olatunji Buraimoh. If it were in our house, no one would see it. But the Museum is free and open to everybody, so already thousands of people have experienced it, and it will belong to the Museum forever. This matters to us. The BMA is our museum."