VFH Grant to Support Exhibit on the Black Church

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities has made a $10,000 grant to the Legacy Museum to support Legacy’s next exhibit, on the Black Church in Central Virginia, 1820-1950.

The grant will pay for the services of guest curator Dianne Swann-Wright, director of African American and Special Programs at Monticello; evaluator Lauranett Lee, curator of African American history at the Virginia Historical Society; and graphic designer Judith Thomas.

The grant will partially support the work of exhibit designer and installation specialist Betsy Johnson-Whitten and will also fund the catalog and other expenses related to producing the exhibit.

The exhibit, scheduled to open on Sunday, June 29, 2003, will deal with worship practices and will pay special attention to the social and cultural functions of the Black Church: its role in academic and vocational education, health care, moral and behavioral education, benevolent and philanthropic efforts, and opportunities for leadership for women as well as men.

The VFH grant will be matched with in-kind contributions from Legacy’s volunteer collectors and from researcher Ted Delaney, archivist and curator at the Old City Cemetery, as well as with funds from the Museum’s operating budget.

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