Gallery Showcases African American Experience in Virginia

Posted: April 10, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Johnson Center Gallery’s spring exhibition, which runs through April 26, features “Don’t Grieve After Me: The Black Experience in Virginia 1619-2001.” The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Arts jointly sponsor the exhibit. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The exhibit incorporates more than 100 archival photographs in a narrative that explores themes in African American history. Among the topics considered are migration patterns and the establishment of a black Virginian culture; family, community, and religious life; the contributions of blacks to Virginia society through skilled and professional work; and their social and educational achievements and struggles. The show premiered at the Hampton University Museum in December 2001 and was exhibited at Piedmont Virginia Community College in February 2002.

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