Gary Schulze served in the first Peace Corps group that went to Sierra Leone in 1962. He taught history at the Albert Academy and served as acting curator of the Sierra Leone National Museum in Freetown. While at the museum, he commissioned the statue of the Temne warrior Bai Bureh which later appeared on the Le. 2,000 banknote. He also made the replica of the DeRuiter Stone which is still on display at the museum.
Mr. Schulze returned to Sierra Leone in 1996 as a United Nations Election Observer for Sierra Leone’s first democratic Presidential & Parliamentary Elections.
His collection of African art is currently on display at the Queensborough Community College Art Gallery in Bayside, NY. The exhibition of over 200 masks and figures is titled: Patrons & Artists in Traditional African Art: African Sculpture from the Gary Schulze Collection.
Mr. Schulze is retired from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City where he served on the Counter-Terrorism Task Force.