“Americans Who Tell the Truth” Exhibit

| November 10, 2011

In today’s world, stories about corrupt politicians and scandal in the government are every day events. But, throughout history, not everyone has demonstrated dishonesty.

Going back to the country’s founding to modern times, several individuals have shown the desire and courage to stand up and speak out – conveying the truth about society and inspiring others to do the same.

In honor of these individuals, the American Civil Liberties Union and The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage have joined together to present an exhibit of portraits depicting Americans who have told the truth in an attempt to better our country and government.

With the GOP debates heating up and the 2012 election looming, I decided to check out the exhibit featuring Robert Shetterly’s portraits, which depict some of America’s heroes and the strong convictions they held.

Located at The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage and sponsored by Brown-Forman, the exhibit includes 30 oil paintings of famous individuals ranging from Kentuckians Louis Brandeis, Muhammad Ali, Abraham Lincoln, Wendell Berry, Erik Reece and Teri Blanton to internationally-known leaders, such as Cesar Chavez, W.E.B. duBois, Jeanette Rankin and Sojourner Truth.

Whether they were abolitionists, suffragettes, environmentalists or pacifists each of these individuals had the courage to vocalize the truth about their world at all costs.

Along with his portraits, Shetterly included a quote from these individuals that exemplifies their vision of the truth. Both inspiring and symbolic of the America I believe we all deep down hope for and strive for, each of these quotes told an inherent truth about our country that we often find has been compromised or violated by our government and even our citizens.

Viewing the exhibit gave me a sense of hope that we still have  individuals willing to fight for the idealism that our country was founded upon. And, despite the corruption in politics and scandal in the government, it’s an idealism that we should continue to work toward each day. As it’s been said time and time again, the truth will set you free, and as this exhibit demonstrates, Americans who are willing to tell the truth could do our government and our society a lot of good.

For information on the “Americans Who Tell the Truth” exhibit, visit www.americanswhotellthetruth.org.


The Kentucky Center For African American Heritage: 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.


Tuesday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.


$5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors.

Special Event

5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17: Young Professionals cocktail reception to benefit the ACLU of Kentucky. Admission is free, although a $20 donation is suggested.
For more information, visit www.aclu-ky.org.

Additional Info

The exhibit will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 15-16 and ends Saturday, Nov. 20.

Contact writer Ashley Anderson at aanderson@voice-tribune.com, 502.498.2051.

photos by ASHLEY ANDERSON | Voice-Tribune


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Ashley Anderson

Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).

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