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TOL PR 2016-04-20 Civil War to Civil Right photography exhibit Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 “A Journey from Civil War to Civil Rights” Exhibit of Photographs by Kenneth Garrett Now on Display at Leesburg Town Hall Exhibit sponsor Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership will host an opening reception on Friday, May 6, 2016, from 6:00-8:00pm. Leesburg, VA (April 20, 2016) – A photography exhibition on display at the Leesburg Town Hall focuses on the theme of Civil War to Civil Rights. Curated by the nonprofit Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, the exhibit features images taken by National Geographic photographer Kenneth Garrett. Entitled “A Journey from Civil War to Civil Rights, ” the exhibit explores sites within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Herit age Area that help interpret the arc of citizenship for African Americans in this country. From Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, this 180-mile swath of land contains 400 years of history, including Native American and African American sites, nine presidential sites, 13 national parks, the largest concentration of Civil War battlefields in the country, and so much more. The foundation for the exhibition comes from the book Honoring Their Paths: African American Contributions Along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, published by the organization in 2009. This exhibition debuted in the fall at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with the Washington National Opera’s world premiere of a newly revised version of the opera Appomattox by acclaimed contemporary composer Philip Glass and the Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton. Garrett’s images appeared in the book, Journey Through Hallowed Ground: Birthplace of the American Ideal, which was published by National Geographic. He is an independent photographer specializing in archaeology, paleontology, and ancient cultures and has photographed archaeological subjects worldwide for National Geographic. Other magazine credits include Smithsonian, Air and Space, Archaeology, Fortune, Forbes, Time, Life, Audubon, and others. He has published his work in many books, including Egypt of the Pharaohs, Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt, Curse of the Pharaohs, The Human Side of Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of the Pharaohs. He has exhibited his work at the Smithsonian Museum and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, among other places. His corporate clients include IBM, Marriott Corporation, UNC Aviation, and Starbucks. “We are delighted to partner with the Town of Leesburg to show this exhibit. Once it wrapped up at the Kennedy Center, we were hoping to find places within our National Heritage Area to display it as well. This is the first, but hopefully not the last,” said Shuan Butcher, spokesperson for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership. The exhibit ends on May 31, 2016. An opening reception will take place the evening of Friday, May 6, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00pm to coincide with Leesburg’s First Friday celebration of the arts. For more information, call 540-882-4929 or visit www.HallowedGround.org. About the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership: The JTHG Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the unparalleled historic, natural, and cultural landscape within the swath of land from Monticello to Gettysburg. JTHG has successfully created the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area and has had the Old Carolina Road (Rt. 15/20/231) from Gettysburg, through Maryland, to Monticello d esignated a National Scenic Byway. For more information, go to: www.HallowedGround.org. # # #