Roomies, we usually tell y’all about Tupac’s memorabilia being auctioned off. His latest belongings are heading to Temple University as a donation to the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection which outlines “the global black experience.”
The university offers a Shakur-focused course taught by Aaron Smith, a professor of Africology and African American Studies. Come through professor! Some of the donated items include handwritten lyrics from some of Pac’s biggest hits like “It Ain’t Easy” and “I Ain’t Mad At Cha,” handwritten track listings from his unreleased albums including Nuthin Gold, Street Fame, and Troublesome as well as the diamond earrings and the bullet-dented gold medallion he wore the night he was shot in New York City in 1994. There were about a dozen items donated overall.
“There is a lot of mystery around Tupac and his jewelry,” Aaron said. “To have some of [it] here means a whole lot.”
The diamond earring Tupac wore while pictured on the cover of the album “All Eyez On Me” was also included with the donated items along with the medallion he was wearing when he was shot five times back in 1994.
Diane Turner serves as the collection’s curator. She has hopes that the newly donated items and the overall collection will “increase its focus on hip-hop culture with the addition of Shakur’s items.”
“This is just the beginning of a long journey to collect and preserve hip-hop culture,” she said.
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