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True Sons of Freedom: A Photographic Exhibition
Join our conversation with Library of Virginia Exhibition Coordinator Barbara Batson about her exhibit "True Sons of Freedom," stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. Barbara will share stories and pictures from the exhibit she curated, and present close-up portraits of two of the soldiers before, during, and after the war.
Barbara C. Batson has been the exhibitions coordinator at the Library of Virginia since 1997. She received her degrees from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia and attended the Attingham Summer School on the English Country House and the MESDA Summer Institute. She worked at Old Salem Museum, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Historic Deerfield, and the Valentine before joining the Library as its first full-time exhibitions coordinator. She has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Local History and the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts as well as to the Library’s Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Her book publications include The Campaign for Woman Suffrage in Virginia, with Brent Tarter and Marianne E. Julienne (Charleston, 2020), Freeing Art from Wood: The Sculpture of Leslie Garland Bolling (Richmond, 2006), and A Capitol Collection: Virginia’s Artistic Inheritance (Richmond, 2005) with Tracy L. Kamerer.
Registration is required and a Zoom link will be emailed a day before the event.