Current Exhibit: A Sunny Southerner: The Life and Writings of Julia Magruder Exhibit


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Description:

Researched and written by Margaret L. Freeman, with design by Margaret L. Freeman and Keri Matthews, the exhibit explores the life and literary works of Charlottesville, Virginia native, Julia Magruder -- an internationally famous author of the late nineteenth century, whose legacy has been largely forgotten. Magruder's life and writings offer a view of the complex world of the post-Civil War South from the vantage point of a New Woman of the New South.


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  • A Sunny Southerner:  The Life and Writings of Julia Magruder

    A Sunny Southerner -- also the title of a 1901 Julia Magruder novel -- is an exhibit exploring the life and literary works of Charlottesville, Virginia native, Julia Magruder -- an internationally famous author of the late nineteenth century, whose legacy has been largely overlooked. Magruder's life and writings offer a view of the complex world of the post-Civil War South from the vantage point of a New Woman of the New South. See intricately detailed, cloth-bound books by Magruder, exerpts from Magruder's fiction and non-fiction writing, and accompanying illustrations by famed artists Charles Dana Gibson and Howard Chandler Christy. Learn about Magruder's life as a southern woman in a time rife with social change, as well as her identity as a literary celebrity at the dawn of the age of mass culture. Magruder, as well as other family members, are buried in Charlottesville's Maplewood Cemetery. Unfortunately, Julia Magruder's headstone, like that of her mother, Sarah "Sallie" Gilliam Magruder, lies broken in the cemetery. As we commemorate Julia Magruder's life and writings, we reflect on the forgotten women and men of Charlottesville -- in particular, those whose final resting places have been vandalized or, ravaged by time, have fallen into disrepair.