Celebrating Community!

The Legacy Museum’s First Ten Years

Celebrating Community! looks back on the first 10 years of exhibitions at the Legacy Museum of African American History. From its opening in 2000, Legacy has collected, preserved, documented and interpreted the history and culture of Central Virginia’s African America.

For this tenth anniversary exhibition, Legacy collectors have chosen objects and images of particular power and resonance from past exhibitions. In oral history interviews, many conducted by young people, collectors have talked about these “evocative objects.” Over the years, dozens of such objects, each with its own story, have represented local African American history and culture.

Guest Curator: Lauranett Lee

Design and Installation: Betsy Johnson-Whitten

Consultant: Dianne Swann-Wright

Collection Committee:
Cordelia Alexander, Carolyn Bell, Mae Berry, Joe Berryman, Edwina Beverley, Carolyn Brown, Robert Cardwell, Kate Chavigny, Ted Delaney, Veronica DeLuze, Joyce Dixon, Kendall Fitzgerald, Maria Franklin, Sam Gaines, R.J. Gaines, Jurney Garland, Cynthia Hall, Claudette Haskins, Jemon Haskins, Edna Hayden, Lucy Hicks, Richard Hicks, Sylvia Hobson, Iris Holland, Christine Hubbard, James Johnson, Alfred Jones, Alice Mabry, Peter Marcy, Desmond Mosby Phyllistine Mosley, Sam Mosley, Mary Patrick, Cheryl Robinson, Abigail Simmons, Evelyn Thompson, Willie Thornhill, Kayla Venable, Elaine Watson

Carolyn Bell, Carolyn Brown, R.J. Gaines, Jurney Garland, Cynthia Hall, Sylvia Hobson, Iris Holland, James Johnson, Desmond Mosby, Abigail Simmons

Donors and Lenders:
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Frances Baird, Joe Berryman, Lucinda Booker, Carolyn Brown, Gloria Franklin, Friends of the Legacy Museum, Edna Hayden, Lucy Hicks, Richard Hicks, Virginia Hughes, Jean Jennings, Lawyers Missionary Baptist Church, Nancy Marion, Old City Cemetery/ Southern Memorial Association, Gus Petticolas, Jennifer Petticolas, Pilot Mountain Baptist Church, Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Abigail Simmons, Elaine Watson

Others: The Design Group, Easley Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, PIP Printing, Kimberly Sparrow, Phil Spinner, Megan Straw, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Hardy Whitten

This exhibit is partially funded by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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