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The Tillman Gallery houses a spectacular display of more than 100 artifacts that include animal skins, sculptures, tribal drums, and once-poisoned arrows and bows. Jerry Tillman, a Lowndes County native, donated the artifacts to the Center in 2003. Tillman spent over a decade living in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Somalia and most of the artifacts in his collection were made by the Makonde tribe in Tanzania. Major museums, including The Smithsonian, wanted to display the collection in their galleries but Tillman elected to keep the artifacts local. The collection represents the creative side that exists in part of the myriad of cultures and is free for the public to enjoy.