Botetourt Historical Museum holds reception for “Finding What Has Been Lost”

Botetourt Historical Society Executive Director Weldon Martin (right) talks with visitors at Saturday’s reception for the Historical Museum’s new exhibit “Finding What Has Been Lost.” From left are Judy Barnett, Museum Docent; Patty Davis-Ross, June Mansfield, Betty Waldron and Maxine Waldron Trent.
Photo by Rowen Miller

The Botetourt Historical Museum filled up with guests Saturday during a reception for the month-long exhibit “Finding What Has Been Lost.” The exhibit features a collection of artifacts, documents and pictures that focus on the history of the Botetourt County African American community. Much of the information is about the schools and churches, since community life revolved around those important institutions.

Several prominent African American community leaders and citizens who have made important contributions, either locally or on the national level, are featured as well.

Detailed and comprehensive research on the Botetourt County African American history was begun in 2004 by Edward Wayne (Eddie) Barnett and Judith (Judy) Carolyn Barnett They applied for and received a Discretionary Fund Grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities through the Botetourt County-Wide League to help fund this research project. The collection has also been digitalized and that digital display will be available permanently in a slide show at the museum.

The museum is located directly behind the main courthouse building in Fincastle (use the sidewalk that goes around the left side of the building). It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Patty Davis-Ross (right) presented Judy Barnett with a family Bible to be displayed during the “Finding What Has Been Lost” exhibit at the Botetourt Historical Museum. Photo by Rowen Miller
Muhandes Salaamallah (left) presented Judy Barnett wth a framed print of “The Adoration” that shows the adoration of Abraham Lincoln by the children.
Photo by Rowen Miller