V Chapman-Smith is a national strategist for education and public programs at the National Archives. She serves as a community representative on the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia. She was appointed by Governor Rendell appointee to the Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and also serves as a consulting expert on Pennsylvania's Civil War Sesquicentennial Planning, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Black military heroes at the Union League
Better late than never: Celebrating black military heroes, in art
Black soldiers were often at the front lines in wartime, but until recently you wouldn't have known it— even at the Union League, a prime recruiter of black troops during he Civil War. Two new art events in Philadelphia are correcting this oversight.
Henry Tanner's civil rights roots
Extraordinary painter, extraordinary family
With his retrospective at the Pennsylvania Academy Henry Ossawa Tanner is belatedly receiving his due as an artist. But the forces that shaped him— a family that fought courageously for racial justice— deserve to be acknowledged as well.