Exhibition Private and Virtual Opening a Success

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Thursday, October 01, 2020

Virgil Miller poses with his portrait at MTCC in September. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) unveiled its new exhibition, “We Hold These Truths: American Veterans of Arkansas,” this past September with a private opening followed by a virtual opening reception. 

About 30 veterans and their families attended the private reception, which was the first glimpse at the new exhibition. See more photos of veterans at the private opening on our Facebook page.

Little Rock photographer Ed Drew, who is also a veteran, has been working on the project for more than a year. The exhibition includes tintype photos of African American veterans in addition to a handful of cyanotypes printed from silver gelatin glass plate negatives and typed letters from Arkansas Confederate soldiers who wrote home during the Civil War. The exhibition is meant to juxtapose art, time spans and racial trajectories in Arkansas.

The virtual opening for the exhibition showcased the history and stories of African American veterans in Arkansas. Special Speaker Dr. Krewasky Salter led a special Q&A with Drew to talk about military and Black history and the impact of art. The full recording for the opening exhibition is on our YouTube channel.

Salter, who was a guest curator for the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, served more than 25 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a colonel in 2010. After the military, he spent nearly two years in the civilian executive arena as chief of staff and strategic capture manager for a large government contracting firm. Salter earned his Ph.D. in History and has done extensive academic work in the Strategic Studies and Political Science arenas. He is a published author and consultant for a Public Broadcasting Station Award Winning Documentary.

The exhibition will be at MTCC through February 2021. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 501 W. 9th St. in Little Rock. For more information, call 501-683-3593.

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