On September 24, the Legacy Museum received a Congressional Certificate in recognition of its current exhibit, Much in Demand: 200 Years of Central Virginia African Americans in the Military. The Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust presented the award during its 2009 fall convention. Among the honorees was Lynchburg native Sam Mosley, who earned a Purple Heart and Silver Star for his service during the Korean War. He is the husband of former Board of Directors member Phyllistine Mosley.
Much in Demand features photos, oral histories, military uniforms, service ribbons, and other memorabilia that tell the stories of Central Virginia African Americans who fought for liberty and democratic principles in distant lands even when their own freedom and rights were denied at home. From the war for American independence to the current military engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan, the services of Americans of African descent have been “much in demand.” The exhibit will remain on display at the Museum, 403 Monroe St., through June 4, 2010.
Legacy’s tenth anniversary exhibit, Celebrating Community: The Legacy Museum’s First Ten Years, will open to the public on June 27, 2010, and will close on June 3, 2011. The exhibit will illuminate the work of Legacy collectors since the opening of the Museum in 2000. If funding permits, the exhibit will feature listening stations that will allow visitors to hear excerpts from oral history interviews about “evocative objects,” that is, artifacts related to past exhibits that have been chosen by collectors as especially resonant and personally meaningful. Guest curator is Lauranett Lee, curator of African American History at the Virginia Historical Society.