Moses J. Ezekiel: Civil War soldier, renown sculptor

by | Oct 18, 2012 | What’s Happening

Sunday, Nov. 18, 4 pm

Colonel Keith Gibson will discuss Moses J. Ezekiel as part of The Jewish Museum & Cultural Center’s Lecture Series 2012–2013, A Minority in the Midst of Conflict: Jewish Experiences During The Civil War.

Few sculptors of the 19th century were as well known during their lifetime as Moses Ezekiel, though he is not wellknown today. The first Jewish cadet at VMI, he fought in the battle of New Market in 1864 and was encouraged by Robert E. Lee to pursue his artistic calling.

Colonel Gibson is the executive director of Museum Programs and Architectural Historian for VMI. He is the author or co-author of several books and articles on the Civil War era and has worked as a consultant on several historical documentary films.

The event is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Ezra Landres Fund to Promote Excellence in Jewish Education.

The Jewish Museum & Cultural Center is located at 607 Effingham Street in Portsmouth. $15 donation at the door. For more information, call 757-391-9266 or email