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Exhibit Highlights Stories of African American WWI Soldiers from Virginia

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World War I traveling exhibit showing photos of African-American soldiers now in Fairfax, Virginia.

There’s a new World War I exhibit in Fairfax, and it gives visitors an up-close experience with history.

The Library of Virginia’s “True Children of Liberty” traveling exhibit is now on view at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center.

It commemorates black Virginia soldiers who served in World War I, fighting for the freedoms denied them at home.



“We thought the people of Fairfax, many of whom have military service and history, would like to see a little bit of that history,” said Cami St. Germain, the museum’s historical research specialist. She says the exhibit shows photos and documents of soldiers.

On Sunday, visitors can speak with one of the exhibit’s creators. You will also have the opportunity to make a poppy, the symbol of World War I remembrance.

“If you have a list of veterans in your life that you would like to remember, you can place a poppy on a memorial poppy wall,” said St. Germain.

The exhibit, with 24 framed photographs, is free and will be in Fairfax through December 3. The exhibit will then travel to Virginia Beach, where it will be at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library from January 1 to February 28.

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