Hammonds House Museum specializes in collecting and exhibiting the work of fine artists of African descent. Our permanent collection consists of more than 350 works dating from the mid-19th century by artists from America, Africa, and the Caribbean. About 250 of those works were collected by Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds (1929 1985), who was a highly respected patron and involved member of Atlanta's arts community. Highlights of the museum's collection include 18 works by master artist Romare Bearden, and the oldest known painting by acclaimed Hudson Valley School artist Robert S. Duncanson. Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt, Jacob Lawrence, P.H. Polk, Hale Woodruff, and James Van Der Zee are among the scores of important regional, national, and international artists represented in the collection.