Celebrating Simms Exhibit in Rose Library

Posted on: April 15, 2022

Through May 20, students, faculty, staff, and community members can visit the “Celebrating Simms” traveling exhibit in the lobby of Rose Library.

“Celebrating Simms” explores the history and importance of the Lucy F. Simms School. From the exhibit: “Enslaved before the Civil War, Lucy F. Simms settled in Harrisonburg and taught over 1,800 students across three generations, becoming the most esteemed educator in the Shenandoah Valley. The [Lucy F. Simms School] was named in her honor, and has remained at the heart of the African American community in Harrisonburg to this day.”

The Celebrating Simms Project Directors are Dr. Mollie Godfrey and Dr. Séan McCarthy, and many other people have made significant contributions to this project, including JMU Libraries employees Liana Bayne, Kirsten Mlodynia, and Kevin Hegg.

Rose Library marks the mobile exhibit’s final stop for this year, after being displayed in various schools throughout the region as well as several Massanutten Regional Library branches. Come check it out while you have the chance!

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