Petersburg National Battlefield has announced the winners of the park’s first Black History Month Art contest.
The theme for 2011 was “African Americans and the Civil War.” The winners were: Shannon Pavasko, first place, Raneesha Ricks, second place, and Tahanie Medina, third place. All three are students at Prince George High School in Prince George Virginia.
The contest was sponsored by Petersburg National Battlefield and Eastern National, which donated cash for prizes totaling $400. The awards ceremony was attended by members of the school’s art department, school administration and the school’s superintendent. Representing Petersburg National Battlefield were Chris Bryce, chief of interpretation, and Leslie McClammy, education specialist.
Petersburg National Battlefield and Prince George High School have established a partnership wherein students from the school’s drama and history departments cooperate in various park-related activities throughout the year. The students participated in the luminary ceremony as first-person interpreters and performed at the Petersburg Public Library during Black History Month. They also gave performances at local elementary and middle schools.