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Danville museum commemorating death of Major Sutherlin

Suhterlin Mansion (Photo: Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is commemorating the death of a of a historical figure.

The museum said Major Sutherlin was the most important businessman in Danville in the middle of the 19th century.

He lived in the home that is now the Danville Museum of History and Fine Art.

Every other year they commemorate Major Sutherlin's death by putting black curtains on all the mirrors, dimming the lighting, and showing what the mourning process was like in the late 1800's.

The exhibit includes traditional mourning garb and jewelry.

"We just want to let people know what our forefathers did to commemorate someones death," said C.B. Maddox, Jr. the visitor service coordinator at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.

The mourning exhibit will last for three more weeks.

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