New Exhibit Opens Saturday, June 30, 2012

On Saturday, June 30, 2012, the Legacy Museum of African American History will open a new exhibit: “Trouble Don’t Las’ Always,” African American Life in Central Virginia During and After the Civil War, 1860-1890. The opening reception from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm is free and open to the public.

The exhibit highlights the African American pre and post-Civil War experiences as well as the experiences of African American activities during the War itself.  The exhibit will answer questions surrounding African American participation in the War. The exhibit also explores the types of work people undertook once free, how worship practices developed, the nature of daily life and early education.  Artifacts and photographic images illustrate the stories of African Americans living in Central Virginia. Dr. Dianne Swann-Wright, has curated this exhibit as well as eight of the previous Legacy exhibits. Stan Webb is the designer.


“Trouble Don’t Las’ Always,” is the eleventh major exhibition featured at the Legacy Museum which was founded twelve years ago by the Legacy Project, Inc.  The Legacy Project is a community 501c3 non-profit organization, dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the history and contributions of African Americans in Lynchburg and the surrounding counties of Amherst, Bedford, Appomattox, and Campbell.


The exhibit, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities will be open for two years, ending on May 30, 2014.  Legacy has also received grants from the Virginia Tourism Commission and the Centra Foundation to support public outreach and special exhibit activities such as growing and maintaining a garden modeled after African American gardens of the Civil War Era.


While the exhibit is featured at Legacy, public programs will complement the exhibition. Information on upcoming events can be found at the Legacy Museum website or by calling museum administrator Cheryl Robinson at 434-845-3455;



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