Faces of Florence

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts presents Faces of Florence: A Bicentennial Portrait Exhibition April 2 – May 8. Portraits of early settlers to Lauderdale County and Florence have been gathered for this once-in-a-lifetime gallery of early local portraits. Portraits are on loan from local families, collectors, and house museums.

Unique pieces include the portraits of John Coffee and Mary Donelson Coffee from the Hermitage in Tennessee as well as a collection of miniatures of the Jackson family lineage from a private collector. Most portraits are early planters, businessmen, and wives who had the financial means to have a portrait painted in the early nineteenth century. Many portraits are originals. Some are reproductions. All tell the story of families of influence in Florence.

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts thanks the families who have loaned their ancestral artworks to the gallery for display. We also thank the museums and institutions that generously cooperated in this exhibit: Belle Mont Plantation, the Hermitage, Pope’s Tavern Museum, the University of North Alabama and Florence-Lauderdale Public Library. This exhibit is sponsored by the City of Florence Bicentennial Committee.

photo featured: Ferdinand Sannoner courtesy of Pope’s Tavern Museum

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