‘Priceless’ African art without paperwork stored in Harris County-owned maintenance shed

Secret art stash stored in Harris County shed
Secret art stash stored in Harris County shed

HOUSTON – A seemingly unimportant Harris County maintenance shed contains rows and rows of exquisite African art that one expert described as “priceless.” The shed belongs to the county and is located in Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis’ precinct.

But who does the artwork belong to?

Inside the shed

‘Priceless’ African art without paperwork stored in Harris County-owned maintenance shed
‘Priceless’ African art without paperwork stored in Harris County-owned maintenance shed

From the outside, it is a basic shed with metal walls. But the shed is surrounded by fencing, high-end security cameras, recently-added asphalt and a new electronic gate. There is also a “no trespassing” sign at the entrance.

Channel 2 Investigates received a tip about the shed last year and has been working to uncover the truth since. In late January, a crew arrived at the building and asked for a tour.

Inside the Harris County maintenance shed that is paid for by taxpayers, there are hundreds of pieces of art, rich in color and culture, but blocked from public view.

“We currently are warehousing an African art collection that we have an agreement with that was approved by Commissioners Court, a couple of years ago,” Ellis’ spokesperson Maureen Haver told KPRC 2 when the crew arrived at the shed.


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