True Sons of Freedom Traveling Exhibition

The True Sons of Freedom exhibition might be coming to your area. Below is the latest exhibition schedule.

To commemorate World War I, True Sons of Freedom uses photographs of African American soldiers from Virginia who fought overseas to defend freedoms they were denied at home. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted by these veterans with their responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians’ participation in the Great War. The series of questions about the veterans’ experiences provides invaluable genealogical information about the soldiers, their families, and their service records.

For more information on this exhibition or bringing it to your area, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at or 804.692.3518. Here is the True Sons Prospectus & FAQ.

Please note: Schedule subject to change as a result of closures due to Covid-19 response.

1/3/2022–3/12/2022Matoaca High School
3/14/2022–5/7/2022Central Rappahannock Regional Library (Salem Church)
6/1/2022–9/1/2022Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Outreach & Innovation Library, Chesapeake
9/19/2022–12/3/2022Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center
3/6/2023–5/27/2023Russell County Public Library (Lebanon)