‘Freedom Lies Here’ on display in Leesville

"Freedom Lies Here" by Hank Holland
"Freedom Lies Here" by Hank Holland

LEESVILLE, LA (KPLC) - An art display in Leesville is allowing residents to express their patriotism.

Folk artist Hank Holland is exhibiting "Freedom Lies Here," at the Joseph Sisters Gallery in downtown Leesville through May 9.

The exhibit is a plain, wooden casket with a painted American flag. One end includes each branch of the military. Another says "God Bless America."

There is also a painted depiction of a veterans cemetery and a symbolic yellow ribbon.

There is a slit over the letters that spell out "Freedom Lies Here."

Holland has invited people to include letters, notes, photos and thank-yous to soldiers and family members.

The piece will travel around the country, Holland said. He is hoping the piece will one day find a permanent home at the Smithsonian.

Holland is also planning a book from the messages and photos left in the casket. The proceeds, Holland said, will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. He plans to open the casket only once, to transfer the mementos.

Joseph Sisters Gallery is located at 110 S. Third Street in downtown Leesville.

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, or by appointment.

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