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Diane Page and her husband, former Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, amassed a stunning collection of African-American art. (File photo: Bill Klotz)
Diane Page and her husband, former Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, amassed a stunning collection of African-American art. (File photo: Bill Klotz)

Bar Buzz: Diane Page created heroes

We mourn the loss of Diane Page and extend our condolences to Justice Alan Page and his family.

Diane Page was an educator, philanthropist, advocate for social justice and art collector. She was the executive director of the Page Education Foundation, through which she and Justice Page “created heroes through education and service” (as the web site says) for the last 30 years. During that time, it provided scholarships to more than 7,000 Page Scholars.  The Diane Page Legacy Fund has been established at the Page Foundation.

The Pages also collected a large collection of “segregationist art” such as slave branding irons, KKK artifacts and oil paintings. Minnesota Lawyer toured the collection in 2016 and reported: “They have amassed a stunning collection ranging from oil paintings to slave branding irons, crystal candleholders of dancing servants or slaves in fancy dress, KKK artifacts, posters advertising ‘Negroes’ for sale and metal spring-loaded signs that change in an instant from ’white’ to ‘colored.’ It’s painful to look at, frightening to think about and nerve-racking to walk through.”

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