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Durham County Library Hosts Art Exhibit and Lecture on African-Americans in the Revolutionary War

Program: In Hopes of Freedom
Date: Exhibit Begins: Saturday, February 1
Presentation: Sunday, February 2
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host artist Michelle Nichole for a talk on her exhibit “In Hopes of Freedom” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 2 at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St. Her paintings will be on display in the Main Library auditorium beginning on Saturday, Feb. 1. The program and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Many Americans cannot name three African-American heroes of the American Revolution. Yet, approximately 5,000 Americans of African descent fought in the major battles of the American Revolution, including the Battles of Concord, Lexington and Bunker Hill. They served with local militia and the Continental Army and Navy.

Nichole began this project in 1998 when a painting of William Flora, an African-American Revolutionary War hero, was needed for a PBS program in Portsmouth, Virginia. Nichole then began her research into the subject that resulted in this exhibit, which presents images of African-American soldiers and slaves who went on to become doctors, nurses, shipping magnates and wealthy business owners.

This program is sponsored Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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