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A Civil War granddaughter encounters rare image of grandfather at Evergreen Museum

A Civil War granddaughter encounters rare image of grandfather at Evergreen Museum

Hours before the exhibit opens at the Evergreen Museum and Library, Johns Hopkins University alumna Vanessa Tall Bryant walks past penciled, life-size portraits of black Civil War soldiers, each stoic and dressed in blue uniforms decorated with gold buttons. The Nashville resident passes a painting featuring President Abraham Lincoln and John Work Garrett, former owner of the mansion that houses the museum, and then stops at a somewhat familiar face — Pvt. James Tall, her grandfather.

His re-created portrait is one among "Seventeen Men: Portraits of Black Civil War Soldiers," which opened Thursday at the Johns Hopkins museum. The project started with a pocket-sized...

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