BENEFITING: Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History
EVENT DATE: May 22, 2015
Your funding is needed where others don’t dare or care to contribute. Help Civil Rights history balance what our children learn about the Civil War and the effects of slavery. Danville, Virginia is known as the “Last Capital of the Confederacy,” but events after the Civil War still shape the fabric of its community. This “Mending a Nation: Civil Rights in Post Civil War Danville, Va" exhibit will recognize the 150th anniversary of the Reconstruction Amendments that secured freedom, citizenship, and voting rights. These rights, however, were not fully recognized for years. This exhibit uses four points in Danville’s history to highlight the barriers African Americans faced even after these Amendments were ratified. Many are aware of the Danville’s 1963 Bloody Monday, but are unaware of the even more violent Race Riot of 1883. Jim Crow segregation followed. While many women fought for African American rights, they could not vote until well into the 20th century. Help Danville Museum tell this history with your contribution. Exhibit opens May 22.