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Pioneering Art Collection Returns to Zimbabwe After 70 Years

Gift Livingtsone Sango, 65, stands next to a painting by his father depicting Jesus as a Black man at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Thursday, July 14, 2022. The painting done by his late father in the 1940s is part of a historic exhibit, "The Stars are Bright," now showing in Zimbabwe for the first time since the collection left the country more than 70 years ago. A photograph of Sango's father, Livingstone, as a young boy hangs next to the painting. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Gift Livingtsone Sango, 65, stands next to a painting by his father depicting Jesus as a Black man at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Thursday, July 14, 2022. The painting done by his late father in the 1940s is part of a historic exhibit, "The Stars are Bright," now showing in Zimbabwe for the first time since the collection left the country more than 70 years ago. A photograph of Sango's father, Livingstone, as a young boy hangs next to the painting. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Harare, Zimbabwe (AP) -- For the first time in his life, Gift Livingstone Sango, 65, saw a painting by his father depicting Jesus as a Black man.

“My father used to draw Jesus as Black because God is for all of us. He is not a God of color,” said Sango.