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Civil War Museum Exhibit

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Project ended on April 25, at 11:55 PM EDT
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Civil War Museum Exhibit

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We invite you to help VT history students make a difference by sharing their research with the public and Virginia schoolchildren. We are a team of faculty and students, from Virginia Tech's Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, creating an exhibit for the American Civil War Museum in Appomattox.

The exhibit, “Enacting Freedom: Black Virginians in the Age of Emancipation,” will be on display from April 2019 through April 2020. It begins with a question: what did freedom mean to African Americans after the end of slavery? Freedom to do what? Freedom from what? Politics and voting were important, but they were never the whole story. Instead, former slaves fought to make freedom meaningful by securing an education for their children, by claiming new economic opportunities, by reuniting families torn apart by slavery. 

Our exhibit will combine original artifacts, innovative visuals, and rigorously-researched interpretation to tell the incredible stories of black Virginians who struggled, survived, and thrived through the tumultuous Civil War and Reconstruction years.

And it’s all based on the hard work of VT history students.

Your donation will help in one of two ways: allowing us to build the highest-quality exhibit possible; and enabling us to share our research with Virginia schoolchildren by offering funded field trips.

Through its elementary school outreach program, the Traveling Trunk of Civil War History (right), the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies knows well how much the younger crowd appreciates hand-on history. By facilitating elementary school visits, including those from under-resourced school districts, subsidized field trips will ensure that our exhibit has a deeper and more lasting impact.

Thank you for your support!

Choose a giving level


One K-12 student

Pay for one student's admission--and allow them to learn fascinating stories of black Virginians in the age of emancipation. It's the kind of experience that could make a big difference in their understanding of the world.


One interpretive label

This level funds production of one interpretive artifact/image label, with professional design and high-quality printing. We want our exhibit to look really good!


Large interpretive wall panel

Production of a large interpretive wall panel on a core topic like black soldiers' experiences during the Civil War. We need professional design and high-quality printing to make these panels pop!


Admission for a whole class

Fund admission for an entire K-12 class, and enrich Virginia schoolchildren's understanding of how African Americans experienced the aftermath of slavery. Help us make sure our exhibit has a big impact.


Entire section of exhibit

Giving at this level would be amazing--funding construction of one whole section of the exhibit, with multiple interpretive panels and artifact/image labels. You'd be responsible for sharing powerful stories about a major theme of African American life like education, the family, or labor.

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