Olayami Dabls’ African Bead Gallery & Museum



Thought this was an odd image until I found out that it’s a cool strange oddity. Dabl’s African Bead Gallery exists. In Detroit.

“Olayami Dabls–esteemed fine-artist, museum curator, and historian, has lectured extensively on African Material Culture to international audiences for over 30 years. As a curator, Dabls is a founding member of the African American Sports Hall of Fame, housed in the Wayne county building. He was also Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of African American History (1973-1982) as well as at the Detroit Psychiatric Institute (1985-1989). Dabls has served as Executive Director for the Rosa Parks Arts Center (1982-1984) as well as produced and hosted a radio program on WNEC4 (1978-1981).
In 1983 Dabls and his wife opened Dabls Perette’s Gallery, to great acclaim and the gallery has thus become known all over the African world. He has received numerous awards and has been featured in articles in every Detroit newspaper outlet.”






[Found here. Other images found at Dabl’s website.]

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2 Responses to “Olayami Dabls’ African Bead Gallery & Museum”

  1. The Necromancer Says:

    Odd place Bunk. In a fairly derelict part of Detroit, maybe thirty blocks from the downtown core. He owns the whole block. The installation meanders all the way back behind the house into some fields beside the I-94. Has a real organic quality, like it is still growing.

    And the beads! Amazing. Unending variety. Mesmerizing jars of everything you could possibly imagine making into a bead…

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:


    Just checked out satellite and street views on Google Maps [6559 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48208], and you’re right. He’s got a block plus to himself.

    In 2009 I posted a story about another interesting denizen of Detroit, Glemie Beasley.

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