Interpretation Intervention: Crafting History and a Place of Honor for Mary Brice at Point of Honor

Lynchburg Museum @Point of Honor · 2019--ongoing ·

This ongoing project seeks to re-assess the curatorial and programmatic presentation of content at Point of Honor, an antebellum house located in a predominantly African American neighborhood overlooking downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. The long-standing public interpretation of the Federal style house rests almost exclusively on the material culture and knowledge-making around its white inhabitants through two-hundred years of ownership. The ownership of enslaved men, woman and children, and the house’s position as the center of a powerful plantation on the southern side of the James River, were both marginalized in shaping the house narrative. Through scholarship, content creation and directed programming, this project intends to give platform to the forgotten people and forgotten spaces of Point of Honor.