Legacy earns VFH Grant for The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow in Central Virginia, 1865-1975.

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities has made a $10,000 grant to the Legacy Museum to support the upcoming exhibit on The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow in Central Virginia, 1865-1975.

The exhibit will open to the public on Sunday, June 26, 2005.

Most of the grant money will pay for the services and travel expenses of the humanities professionals who will shape the exhibit, tentatively titled
“Deep in My Heart.”


Guest Curator Dianne Swann-Wright, founding curator of the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park in Baltimore, scheduled to open in the fall of 2005. Formerly director of African American and special programs at Monticello, began work on the Jim crow exhibit in August 2004. She has written a prospectus and has met several times with Legacy’s collection committee to guide the process of gathering artifacts.

The humanities professionals who will consult with Swann-Wright as she develops exhibit text are Lauranett Lee, curator of African American History at the Virginia Historical Society; Jacqueline B. Walker, associate professor of history at James Madison University.

Other professionals to be fully or partially supported with VFH grant funds are design and installation specialist Betsy Johnson-Whitten, and brochure designer Judith Thomas. Johnson-Whitten and Thomas are veterans of previous Legacy exhibits.

In addition to support for professional services, VFH grant funds will also pay some of the postage and printing expenses related to the exhibit.
In all, VFH support represents about 40% of the projected cost of mounting “Deep in My Heart.” The rest of the funding comes from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money awarded to the museum by the City of Lynchburg. In addition, many volunteers donate their time and travel expenses to match VFH grant funds.

The exhibit on the Jim Crow area will explore the legal basis for the racially discriminatory practices that prevailed between 1865 and 1954.

The mission of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, established thirty years ago, is “to develop the civic, cultural, and educational life of the Commonwealth by creating learning opportunities for all Virginia.” VFH funds come from a variety of sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and donations from private foundations, businesses, and individual.

The grant for “Deep in My Heart” is Legacy sixth from the VFH since 2001. The Museum opened in 2000.

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