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True Sons of Freedom: A Photographic Exhibition

Wednesday, May 23 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

More dates through November 9, 2018

This free exhibition at the Library of Virginia explores the stories of Virginia’s African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers’ responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians’ participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.

Library of Virginia, Exhibition Gallery & Lobby
800 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219


RVA Arts & Cultural District




All ages, Family Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible




History, Multicultural


Group & Artist
Library of Virginia

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