Mabel Murphy Smyth-Haith was a former Spelman College student, Trustee Emerita, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, and a civil rights advocate. In 1979, she taught an African issues seminar at Spelman College and donated her private collection of African art to the College. The gift is further augmented by donations from Drs. William and Jane Bertrand (1990), Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Nordman (1988), John and Carolyn Stremlau (1988), and Dobbs and Michelle Jordan (2009) to amass a core of over 200 works of African art.