Tupac Shakur Memorabilia Donated To Temple University's Blockson Collection

The late rapper's items will join pieces from John Coltrane and other musicians.

(AllHipHop News) Items once belonging to Tupac Shakur are now part of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University. The memorabilia was donated to the institution by New Jersey's Goldin Auctions.

“He’s a Hip Hop icon,” states Diane Turner, Blockson Collection curator. “This is a significant, contemporary addition to our already impressive collection of music items, ranging from African instruments to material from John Coltrane, Grover Washington Jr., and Natalie Hinderas. We are thrilled.”

The Blockson Collection contains more than 500,000 items associated with the global black experience. Temple is getting access to 2Pac's handwritten notes/lyrics, a diamond earring, and a gold crown medallion.

Tupac Shakur was shot on September 7, 1996, and he died at the age of 25 on September 13, 1996. Pac is often referred to as one of the most influential music artists of the last 30 years. Before his death, the New York City-born entertainer/activist also starred in films such as Juice, Poetic Justice, and Above the Rim.