The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History brings multifaceted histories of the Dan River Region together for all.
January – December 2020: The DMFAH launched an extensive collections research to reconstruct the Danville Museum Visitor Service Introduction Video. The goal was to include omitted histories and narratives of the Danville Museum Site and its context to the community narratives of the Dan River Region.
The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History (DMFAH) is a House Museum that holds two very separate histories under one roof. One history belongs to the original owners, the William T. Sutherlin Family, and their relationship to Confederate history, Jefferson Davis, and the end of the Civil War. The other history is that of the Civil Rights Movement and the difficult situation of segregation during the time before the Sutherlin Mansion became a museum, when it was a “whites only” public library. These two histories both need to be told because they are connected, and this project aims to create the platform for equitable disclosure of this narrative in order to facilitate new conversations and discoveries.
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DMFAH’s Omitted History Visitor Service Video aims to look at the complex task of addressing the civil rights narratives through a revision and reconstruction of this video by including all of the Sutherlin Mansion histories in an equitable way.