New CEO picked for Virginia’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

December 18, 2019 GMT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The CEO of Richmond’s American Civil War Museum is leaving for a new role leading the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a state agency that operates two living-history museums.

Christy Coleman came to Richmond in 2008 to serve as the CEO of the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, which then merged with the Museum of the Confederacy. The museum explores the Civil War from Union, Confederate and African American perspectives.

Her departure is effective mid-January. The Civil War museum says its board will appoint a committee to conduct a national search for the next CEO.

Coleman intends to continue the effort to tell “a more comprehensive story” of the nation’s 17th- and 18th-century beginnings, a press release announcing her selection as head of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation said. The foundation runs the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Coleman is a native of Williamsburg who holds a master’s degree in museum studies from Hampton University, according to her biography. Last year, TIME magazine named her one of 31 people changing the South