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Patrick Diamond, SFP Class of 1968 Publishes Memoir on Art Collecting

Thursday, June 25, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael Graziano
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Patrick Diamond, SFP Class of 1968 and his wife, Judy have spent the last 46 years amassing a collection of African American art. This spring, Pat released a self-published memoir, The Incredible Joy of Collecting African American Art: My Journey from Frogtown, S.C., to the National Gallery, describing his experience. It’s the fulfillment of a promise he made to his grandmother to write a book about how she inspired his interest in art. She passed away in 2003. “I have shot past that deadline by a long time,” says Diamond. Its completion has garnered the attention of the Charlotte area media.

Patrick, the youngest of three children in Columbia, S.C., moved to Brooklyn when he was 8 years old. At St. Francis Prep Pat was a multi-sport athlete participating in J.V. and Varsity football, rugby, and track. In 1968, he received All-League and All-City recognition for football. In 1967, he was the co-winner of the New York Posts All-CHSAA Most Valuable Player Award.

He went on to Boston University where he was part of the team that competed against San Diego State in the 24th Annual Pasadena Rose Bowl in 1969. He was a three-year starting running back, setting the all-time rushing record in 1971. He earned his undergraduate degree in American History, and a graduate degree in Health Education, both from B.U.

Patrick was inducted into the St. Francis Prep Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor on March 17, 2017. The Ring of Honor Gala celebrates outstanding former athletes, coaches and athletic directors.

Congratulations, Patrick!

The Incredible Joy Collecting African American Art
My Journey from Frog Town S.C. to the National Gallery
By Patrick Diamond, SFP Class of 1968

A unique and multi-layered debut memoir regarding the tremendous impact of a grandmother’s love and how art can educate a young child about one’s own history and culture. The book is an engaging story of how a 5-year old child, born into abject poverty and the South’s suffocating racial segregation of the 1950’s is introduced to the deep beauty and cultural richness of African American Art.

Mr. Diamond has offered to donate a percentage of the book sales to St. Francis Prep. Signed copies can be ordered via email at: