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Essex Garner talks about the painting on which he is currently working. He is painting a series of Civil War portraits that will eventually be displayed in a case in Scruggs Student Center on the Jefferson City campus of Lincoln University.

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Mid-Missouri artist brings soldiers to life

Colored Volunteer Infantry subject of new portrait series

No records were kept of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, local artist Essex Garner was told. But he has photos and stories from those soldiers’ descendants for “Art: Portraits of America, The Buffalo Soldier.”

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