Boston exhibit to focus on unknown black veterans

The exhibit will run from Aug. 14 through Nov. 14

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline/The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Travel
Photo Courtesy: MGNonline/The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Travel

BOSTON (AP) — A new visual arts gallery in Boston’s Strand Theatre will host a three-month exhibit focusing on unknown black veterans in U.S. history.

The exhibit of oil paintings will run from Aug. 14 through Nov. 14.

The Strand Theatre Gallery will hold its grand opening with the exhibit Thursday. Dr. Shirley Malone Fenner, a veteran and professor of psychology and human development at Wheelock College, will speak about post-traumatic stress and psychological support for military families.

One painting features William Harvey Carney, a Virginia slave who escaped through the underground railroad to Massachusetts. Carney enlisted with the 54 Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

For the assault on Fort Wagner, he received the Medal of Honor for saving the American flag from falling and planting it on the ramparts despite being riddled with bullets.

 

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