Art exhibit kicks off Blueberry festivities

Art exhibit kicks off Blueberry festivities

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Portraits of Freedom reception was kicked off a week of Nacogdoches Blueberry Festival activities. The program has been named the official art exhibition of the festival.

The special display was put together by SFA's Special Collections Librarian Kyle Ainsworth.

Ainsworth worked with students from SFA, TCU and Lamar to draw portraits of runaway slaves drawn from the newspaper ads collected by the "Texas Runaway Slave Project."

"Next Friday is the 150th Junetenth, when General Gordon Granger came [to Texas] and freed the slaves," Ainsworth said.

If you were unable to attend the opening reception, the Portraits of Freedom art exhibit will be on display at the Nacogdoches County Depot off Old Tyler Road through September 25. It's free to the public on Thursday Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM.

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