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Posted on: August 30, 2017

Farragut Museum Accepts Large Donation of Alex Dumas Original Paintings

The Farragut Museum recently accepted a large donation of Alexander (Alex) Dumas “Wartime” original paintings. Three of these paintings will be on display at the museum entrance starting Tuesday, Sept. 5. A full exhibition will open on July 2, 2018.

Dumas was born in Detroit, Mich., and started painting on his 27th birthday. Serving in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1949 and as a Hospital Corpsman at the University of Virginia from 1949-1953 gave Alex a unique perspective on war. As a WWII veteran, the images of young men suffering from the wounds of war have stayed with the artist for a lifetime. While he did not see combat, many of his patients came back to the States with wounds that would be considered horrific under any circumstance. His wartime paintings are based on combat photographs.

Dumas spent 16 years as a member of the Tennessee State Guard, retiring with the rank of Major. His paintings are on exhibit at the Tennessee Theatre, the East Tennessee Historical Society and the USS Tennessee Battleship Museum, among other places. He currently teaches a painting class at Strang Senior Center in Knoxville.

The Farragut Museum is committed to preserving the heritage of its East Tennessee community and features a remarkable collection of artifacts from the area, including an extensive collection of the personal belongings of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, first Admiral of the U.S Navy and hero of the Civil War. Housed in Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, the museum is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers free admission. For more information about the museum or the exhibit, please visit, like the museum at, or contact Historic Resources Coordinator Julia Barham at or 218-3377.

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