Students at Franklin Military Academy are integrating the Virginia-U.S. history curriculum with the art curriculum to create a large-scale mural that depicts significant episodes in U.S. military history. Panels feature people such as Crispus Attacks, Betsy Ross, and national leaders engaged in World War I. Well-known artist James Thornhill has worked with the students to develop the mural, which will soon be finished. World history teacher Phyllis Jackson has led the project, collaborating with the art teacher and another history teacher. Below you can see James Thornhill and part of the mural.
Founded in 1980, Franklin Military Academy is the first public military academy in the country. The students I have met there are remarkably astute. Together, they are helping to bring history to life.