The Old Post Office Museum is proud to host a number of excellent exhibits all year. Check below to see our current schedule of exhibits.
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The Art of Cooper Michael French
Exhibit runs: June 21, 2018 — August 4, 2018
A self-instructed artist from Meridian, MS, French now says every day that he is “living his dream,” painting people and places he has met since his retirement as a foreman overseeing restoration of murals and paintings at the White House Center in Washington, D.C.
During his tenure in the nation’s capitol, he was responsible for renovations to the President’s Guest House and the interior of the East and West Wings of the White House, among other noted offices. He also helped renovate The Roosevelt Room in the West Wing, The Press Briefing Room, the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room.
The Art of Tony Forrest
Exhibit runs: August 30, 2018 — October 19, 2018
Tony is a native of Greensboro, NC. In 2006 he left a construction career to give full attention to his passion for art which he has never regretted. The lure of the majestic Smokey Mountains, rural farm lands, and eastern coastal regions of his home state called to him as it had many other artists of the area. One of the greatest highlights of his experience there was when the NC Bar Association selected him to paint a portrait of Andrew Jackson for the city’s bicentennial celebration. This painting hangs in the Guilford County courthouse where Jackson was sworn into the practice of law. He has since received several prestigious commissions for clients including US tennis professional John Isner. Forrest and his wife Martha now enjoy living in Alexandria, LA where they are strongly involved in the art community.
“The wise man stated that the journey is its own reward. To the artist, the process of making art transcends the tangible product.”
— Tony Forrest
Oh Christmas Tree!
Exhibit runs: November 29, 2018 — January 4, 2019
More info coming!
Painted in 1939 by Datus E. Myers, called “Logging in the Swamps.” It is one of one thousand murals that was commissioned for new post office buildings between 1934 – 1943 as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Federal Arts Project. Typically they were painted for the purposes of "community uplift," and dominant themes included the celebration of local farm life, technological optimism, historical scenes and community cooperation. More often than not, people are shown coming together to survive one of the hardest economic periods in American history.
“Logging in the Swamps” is a tribute to the time when Franklin Parish was timber country, and depicts two loggers, standing in flatbottom boats, working a cross-cut saw to fell a tree.
Within the vault are historic treasures of Franklin Parish, including the scrapbooks of Nell McLemore, which were donated to the museum by the McLemore family, as well as artifacts and snapshots of the past. Those making historic donations to the museum can rest assured that their treasures will be preserved and perhaps utilized in future exhibits.
A desk and study area has been arranged in the vault, where visitors can read and research at their leisure.
Handpainted Louisiana Flag
A large 10' by 6' Louisiana flag is now displayed in the lobby. It was a donation from Jimbo Stephens’ family. Was originally handpainted in the late 20’s, early 30’s by Angola inmates and presented to Governor Huey Long, who later gave it to Governor Earl Long, then John McKeithen, then Sheriff A.J. Stephens.