In celebration of Black History Month, the Lynchburg Museum will feature artifacts from the Dunbar Collection and the Smith Photographic Collection.
The Dunbar Collection includes a rare collection of photographs, memorabilia, administrative documents, newsletters, news clippings, and programs related to the history of Dunbar High School. Dunbar was the African American high school for Lynchburg from 1923-1970. Compiled by Carolyn Brown, secretary to C.W. Seay who served as the principal of Dunbar from 1938-1968, this collection is truly unique.
In addition to the Dunbar Collection, select photographs from the James Thomas Smith Photographic Collection will also be on display. Smith was a railroad worker who enjoyed photography as a hobby. His photographs captured many weddings, church events, civic groups, and portraits of Lynchburg’s African American community from the 1940s-1960s. He also submitted photographs for the Dunbarian, Dunbar High School’s yearbook.
At 6 p.m., Hermina Hendricks, Professor of Music at Randolph College and member of the Dunbar Class of 1969, will speak on the importance of the school and Dunbar Collection. The photographs, documents, and memorabilia will remain on view Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday noon-4pm. The Museum is on the free trolley route that loops between participating attractions.