New Chesterfield exhibit celebrates Fort Lee’s 100th anniversary

(Photo Courtesy: Chesterfield County)

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — A new exhibit celebrating Fort Lee’s 100th anniversary is officially open to the public in Chesterfield County.

There was a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning at the Historic 1892 Jail museum for Mobilizing for War. It includes Army recruitment posters from the World War I era.

Supervisor James Holland addresses soldiers and civilians in the crowd. (Photo Courtesy: Chesterfield County)

“The ten war posters that are on display demonstrate the efforts used to mobilize the country during this time,” explains Chesterfield Dale District Supervisor, James Holland. “They offered encouragement to young men to join the army and to everyone else a reminder of their responsibility to support the war effort as civilians in a wide variety of ways.”

The posters are from the Fort Lee Ordnance Department, the Quartermaster Corps and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

Mobilizing for War is part of Chesterfield County’s commemoration of World War I and celebrates how Fort Lee has impacted the county over the years.

“Fort lee and its personnel are an important part of our community,” says Holland. “Many of the military personnel in the area live in Chesterfield County, they send their children to school in Chesterfield County. We’re proud of that, and we’re lucky that many of them stay and retire here in Chesterfield County.”

Brig. Gen. David Wilson, the Chief of Ordnance at Fort Lee, shares highlights of the 100 year history. (Photo Courtesy: Chesterfield County)

Mobilizing for War will be on display until November 2018 in the Historic 1892 Jail museum, located at 6819 Mimms Loop in the Chesterfield County Government Complex.

For access to the exhibit, go to the Chesterfield County Museum located next to the jail.

Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A $1 per person donation is suggested. For more information, call 768-7311 or follow this link.

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