By Billy Ray Warren
If you are even remotely interested in the history of Florence, we encourage you to visit the current exhibit at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Entitled “Faces of Florence,” It features portraits of some of Florence’s seven founders (e.g., John Coffee and James Jackson, etc.) and some of the town’s early leaders (e.g., Rev. W. H. Mitchell who was a pastor at First Presbyterian Church and the first president of the Florence Female Synodical College which was located where our downtown Post Office is today). The portraits, many of which are on loan from private collections, from house museums such as Pope’s Tavern in Florence and the Hermitage in Nashville, and from the Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, are handsomely framed and arranged systematically. In short, it’s one of the most exciting exhibits ever mounted at the Arts Center.
The exhibit will be on display through May 8. Hours and dates are: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission is free!