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September 29, 2009

"Soul of a Sharecropper" returns to CW's Art Museums

abolition of slavery following the Civil War presented opportunity to some and new challenges to most. A former slave shares her tales of hope and despair in Soul of a Sharecropper Thursdays at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 1 through Nov. 5 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Through the eyes of a young, black sharecropper, tales of aspiration and despair are shared in a captivating performance by Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Valarie Holmes. In her ninth year of portraying the character, Holmes re-creates the story of a young woman, coping with the formidable changes that occur after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Sweeping the Sea Islands, her story begins in South Carolina, traveling to the barracks of Fort Monroe, brandishing the promise and spirit of a newfound freedom. With the economic turn of industrialization, modern development of urban towns and cities, and the mounting racial tensions between blacks and whites, she examines the cost of liberty and the frailty of human justice.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card provides access to the program.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are comprised of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made in America during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and embracing most categories of American folk art by well-known folk artists. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from the period 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets, in Williamsburg, Virginia and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

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Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121