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My favorites from the National Portrait Gallery in DC

Maya Angelou, Bridget Lacombe, 1987; in 2011, President Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom; one of my favorite authors, in her later years she taught at Wake Forest University, about 20 miles from Greensboro

Maya Angelou, Bridget Lacombe, 1987; in 2011, President Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom; one of my favorite authors, in her later years she taught at Wake Forest University, about 20 miles from Greensboro

Lily Tomlin, Annie Leibovitz, 1986; this Detroit native, won a Tony for The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe but her role that I'll always remember is of Violet Newstead in 9 to 5

Lily Tomlin, Annie Leibovitz, 1986; this Detroit native, won a Tony for The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe but her role that I'll always remember is of Violet Newstead in 9 to 5

John Lewis, Michael Shane Neal, 2020; Lewis was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders in 1961, an organizer of the March on Washington in 1963 and a key figure in the Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches in 1965

John Lewis, Michael Shane Neal, 2020; Lewis was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders in 1961, an organizer of the March on Washington in 1963 and a key figure in the Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches in 1965

The Four Justices, Nelson Shanks, 2012; this monumental portrait (it measures 9 1/2 ft by 8 ft framed) sits in the second floor rotunda of the museum and was one of the most popular works

The Four Justices, Nelson Shanks, 2012; this monumental portrait (it measures 9 1/2 ft by 8 ft framed) sits in the second floor rotunda of the museum and was one of the most popular works

Billie Jean King, Lynn Gilbert, 1979; winner of 39 Grand Slam titles, King was the first president of the WTA in 1973; she is largely responsible for the Slams having equal prize money for men and women

Billie Jean King, Lynn Gilbert, 1979; winner of 39 Grand Slam titles, King was the first president of the WTA in 1973; she is largely responsible for the Slams having equal prize money for men and women

Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Harry Warnecke, 1947; she founded the LPGA and won 82 tournaments but also, at the 1932 Olympics, won gold medals in the javelin and 80 meter hurdles; she professionally competed in figure skating, cycling, swimming and more!

Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Harry Warnecke, 1947; she founded the LPGA and won 82 tournaments but also, at the 1932 Olympics, won gold medals in the javelin and 80 meter hurdles; she professionally competed in figure skating, cycling, swimming and more!

Chester Nimitz, Dean Cornwell, 1944; born in Fredericksburg, TX, Nimitz was commander of the Pacific Fleet in WW2; 42 people were killed when the double-decker Nimitz Freeway collapsed in the Bay Area 1989 earthquake

Chester Nimitz, Dean Cornwell, 1944; born in Fredericksburg, TX, Nimitz was commander of the Pacific Fleet in WW2; 42 people were killed when the double-decker Nimitz Freeway collapsed in the Bay Area 1989 earthquake

John Muir, Orlando Rouland, 1919; this Scottish-born naturalist founded the Sierra Club and became America's leading conservationist; he played a decisive role in protecting Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest

John Muir, Orlando Rouland, 1919; this Scottish-born naturalist founded the Sierra Club and became America's leading conservationist; he played a decisive role in protecting Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest

Michael DeBakey, Peter Shapiro, 1998; born in Lake Charles, the doctor helped develop the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) units and his surgical innovations included coronary bypass operations and artificial hearts

Michael DeBakey, Peter Shapiro, 1998; born in Lake Charles, the doctor helped develop the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) units and his surgical innovations included coronary bypass operations and artificial hearts

Once the largest room in America, the Great Hall was where the Declaration of Independence was displayed from 1841-1871; from 1854-1857, Clara Barton worked here as a clerk to the Patent Commissioner, the first woman federal employee to receive equal pay

Once the largest room in America, the Great Hall was where the Declaration of Independence was displayed from 1841-1871; from 1854-1857, Clara Barton worked here as a clerk to the Patent Commissioner, the first woman federal employee to receive equal pay

Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Menden Hall, 1993; President Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her pioneering work in saving the Everglades; today, we remember the shooting at the school named in her honor

Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Menden Hall, 1993; President Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her pioneering work in saving the Everglades; today, we remember the shooting at the school named in her honor

Alexander von Humboldt, Rembrandt Peale, 1812; this Prussian travelled the Americas from 1799 to 1804, describing them for the first time from a modern scientific perspective; he was the first person to describe human-induced climate change and its cause

Alexander von Humboldt, Rembrandt Peale, 1812; this Prussian travelled the Americas from 1799 to 1804, describing them for the first time from a modern scientific perspective; he was the first person to describe human-induced climate change and its cause

Chris Evert, Al Satterwhite, 1973; one of the last major champions to use a wooden racquet, America's Sweetheart won 18 Grand Slam titles and reached 34 Grand Slam singles finals, more than any other player in the history of professional tennis (Serena now has 33)

Chris Evert, Al Satterwhite, 1973; one of the last major champions to use a wooden racquet, America's Sweetheart won 18 Grand Slam titles and reached 34 Grand Slam singles finals, more than any other player in the history of professional tennis (Serena now has 33)

Carl Sandburg, William Smith, 1961; he was forever dedicated to enriching popular appreciation for his country's democratic experience whether through his 6 volume biography of Lincoln or his poem Chicago about the slaughterhouses

Carl Sandburg, William Smith, 1961; he was forever dedicated to enriching popular appreciation for his country's democratic experience whether through his 6 volume biography of Lincoln or his poem Chicago about the slaughterhouses

Wilma Rudolph, George Silk, 1960; a native of Clarksville TN (like my dad), Rudolph was the first woman to win 3 gold medals at a single Olympiad; one of the busiest streets in Clarksville is named after her

Wilma Rudolph, George Silk, 1960; a native of Clarksville TN (like my dad), Rudolph was the first woman to win 3 gold medals at a single Olympiad; one of the busiest streets in Clarksville is named after her

Mia Hamm, Rick Chapman, 2001; at 15, she became the youngest player on the US Women's National Soccer Team; in 2013, this native of Selma AL, became the first woman inducted into the World Football Hall of Fame

Mia Hamm, Rick Chapman, 2001; at 15, she became the youngest player on the US Women's National Soccer Team; in 2013, this native of Selma AL, became the first woman inducted into the World Football Hall of Fame

Nelson Mandela, Robert McCurdy, 2009; the first time Mandela ever voted, in 1994, he voted for himself for president; he advocated for HIV/AIDS after one of his sons passed away from AIDS-related illness

Nelson Mandela, Robert McCurdy, 2009; the first time Mandela ever voted, in 1994, he voted for himself for president; he advocated for HIV/AIDS after one of his sons passed away from AIDS-related illness

Lorraine Hansberry, David Attie, 1959; in 1959, Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway to glowing reviews; the 29 year old became the first African American writer to win the prestigious New York Drama Critics' Circle Award

Lorraine Hansberry, David Attie, 1959; in 1959, Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway to glowing reviews; the 29 year old became the first African American writer to win the prestigious New York Drama Critics' Circle Award

Toni Morrison, Deborah Feingold, 2008; awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, Morrison also won the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes for Literature; this photo graced the cover of Time magazine in January 1998

Toni Morrison, Deborah Feingold, 2008; awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, Morrison also won the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes for Literature; this photo graced the cover of Time magazine in January 1998

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