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Originally published in the Summer 2022 edition of The Virginia Defender, issue 69, printed July 27. Reproduced here for accessibility and archival purposes. To find other stories in the Summer 2022 issue or to download the full PDF, see this post. For the full web catalog, see our Full Issues page.

By Phil Wilayto

If you’re one of those people who think museums have to be boring, you need to drop by the Branch Museum and check out its new exhibit, (RE)FRAMING PROTEST – design + hope.

During the Black Lives Matter protests that swept Richmond in 2020, two familiar figures were Regina H. Boone and Sandra Sellars, accomplished photojournalists with the Richmond Free Press, Virginia’s premier Black-owned and -oriented weekly newspaper.

Richmond Free Press photojournalists Sandra Sellars and Regina Boone. Photo by Phil Wilayto.

With sharp eyes and a passion for justice, these two women documented the various art forms that artists, professional and otherwise, used to express their outrage, anger, defiance, hope and life of community.

They took literally thousands of images, 89 of which were chosen for this collection.

The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 11.

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design is located at 2501 Monument Ave. in Richmond. For more information: Phone: 804- 655-6055. Email:

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