Shortly after Patrick County Judge Martin Clark committed the disgraceful act of having a portrait of Patrick County native and Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart removed from the Patrick County Courthouse, and following a swift and very vocal outcry of disgust with Judge Clark's action by her citizens, the Patrick County Board of Supervisors voted to display the portrait on the "Wall of Honor" on the second floor of the Patrick Veterans Memorial Building. The portrait has been restored and encased in special glass, and a new bronze plaque has been installed.
A well-traveled portrait of Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart will be unveiled and rededicated at a new home during a program Thursday in Stuart, on the 152nd anniversary of his death.
The portrait of the Civil War hero and Ararat native, for whom the Patrick County seat is named, is to be publicly displayed at the Patrick Veterans Memorial Building at 106 Rucker St. in Stuart – on a “wall of honor” in the second-floor hallway.
Thursday’s unveiling/rededication program will begin there at 10 a.m. and is to include Patrick County and town of Stuart officials along with members of the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust, based in Ararat.
Among out-of-town guests invited are Stuart family members and Wayne Jones, a Stuart impersonator and Civil War re-enactor.
Roger Hayden, the Dan River District member of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors who represents Ararat, is expected to offer special remarks, according to Tom Bishop, a spokesman for the trust group.
Others expected to speak include County Administrator Tom Rose and possibly some Stuart town officials, Bishop added Tuesday.
Jones, who will be in uniform Thursday, is a highly regarded Stuart impersonator, even including the red beard that was a trademark of the Confederate cavalry officer.
“And he’s a great speaker, too,” Bishop said.
Taken from courthouse
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