The August and September art exhibit at Oak Ridge Public Library features a painting created by Debra Lovvorn Belvin to honor her father, James, and other Oak Ridgers of his generation. Ms. Belvin, a local artist and art educator, was inspired by her parents’ brave sacrifice and work during World War II and created the painting to celebrate Oak Ridge’s 50th birthday.
James Lovvorn spent one dollar to buy a copy of the Knoxville Journal of August 1945 with the headline, “WAR ENDS.” That same copy was held by famed photographer Ed Westcott in the dedication of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Jackson Square.
Also included in the exhibit are photographs of James and his wife, Betty, posed near dormitories and bus stops of early Oak Ridge. Selections from the Library’s Department of Energy Photography Collection complement the exhibit.
Please visit the Library during the month of August or September to enjoy this retrospective of early Oak Ridge.