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R-MWC Professor Receives Freedom Fighter Award from N.A.A.C.P.

Carolyn Bell honored for her community service and commitment to Legacy Museum

11/18/2005 10:52:29 AM


LYNCHBURG – Carolyn Bell, the Susan Duval Adams professor of English, recently received the Freedom Fighter Award from the Lynchburg Branch of the N.A.A.C.P.

The award, which is given to a person who has promoted civil and human rights for all people in Central Virginia, was presented during the branch’s annual banquet on Nov. 6. Bell was one of a number of award recipients.

Renee Cardwell Hughes, a Lynchburg native, made the keynote speech at the banquet. She is a judge in the court of common pleas in Philadelphia.

Bell has been on the board of directors of the Legacy Museum of African American History since 1995. The award recognizes her volunteer work for the museum.

"It has been a privilege to work beside all the incredibly dedicated people--an interracial group of volunteers--who brought the Legacy Museum into being and who continue to sustain it," Bell said. "I just wish more people--those of us who are white, as well as those of us who are African American--would visit the Museum. We have made our history together in this place, and we all need to understand it better and to learn from it.

The Legacy Museum opened in 2000. It offers rotating exhibitions and programs on all aspects of local African American history and culture, from the first arrival of Africans in Central Virginia until the present day. The Museum has been recognized with major grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The current exhibit is "Deep in My Heart: The Rise of Jim Crow in Central Virginia, 1865-1954."

Others on the Legacy board, currently and in the past, also have ties to Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

For more information, contact Brenda Edson, strategic communications manager, at 947-8142.

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