In Memory

Elizabeth Nash
1919-October 28, 2003

Mrs. Elizabeth Nash died October 28 after a brief illness.

Mrs. Nash received her college education from St. Paul College in Lawrenceville, VA, after attending Dunbar High School. She worked at the Lynchburg Hosiery Mill for many years and was later employed at Central Virginia training Center from which she retired.

Mrs. Nash volunteered her time in the community with Meals on Wheels, the Voters League, and providing transportation to those in need. She was a faithful member of Court Street Baptist Church where she served in the Nursery, on the Youth Advisory Committee, the Flower Committee, the Fellowship Committee, and the Senior Adult Ministry. She was secretary of the Community Outreach Ministry and vice chairman of the Share Program.

Rufus Callaham
November 8, 1935-November 19, 2003

Written and presented by Cynthia K. Hall on behalf of the Board of the Legacy Project, November 19, 2003.

To share its fond memories, Legacy Museum cites a few quotes that apply to Rufus from famous African American men past and present.

Ossie Davis has said, “I find, in being Black, a thing of beauty; a job of strength; a secret cup of gladness.”

Rufus could certainly relate to that! He took pride in his heritage and in the mission of the Legacy Museum to preserve our heritage. As a vital part of the team from Bedford County, he worked diligently on Legacy’s Collection Committee. Rufus approached the search for information and artifacts with enthusiasm!

He was a people person who enjoyed interacting with new faces. Rufus had the gift of making new acquaintances feel like they had known him for years.

Many of you already know that Rufus was notorious for another gift—in his hands—with mechanical skill. Rufus used his skill as a blessing to others. Perhaps he was motivated to do so by the words of Booker T. Washington, who said, “A sure way for one to lift himself up is by helping to lift someone else. “

Whenever a grand opening was held to introduce a new exhibit, we could depend on Rufus to make a ‘smooth’ appearance—dressed to kill! Whether at a Museum affair or modeling at the BTS Reunion, Rufus had style!

Eric Copage, author of Kawanzaa, had someone like Rufus in mind when he said, “Let us rejoice in our colors and allow others to rejoice in theirs.”

To conclude, we leave our Black history and remind ourselves that Rufus was a great asset to Legacy Museum who will be sorely missed. Rufus was a prime example of someone who stepped up to the plate and accepted the challenge given to all of us by William Cullen Bryant, who wrote:

So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan which moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.

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