Exhibit in North Carolina Shows the Real George Washington


RALEIGH, NC.- There’s the George Washington made famous in the Gilbert Stuart portrait found in many elementary schools and, in engraved fashion, on the $1-dollar bill: a severe man, whose severity is accentuated by thin, taut lips. And then, there’s the real Washington: an entrepreneur who developed the nation’s largest distillery; a deeply religious man who wrote in a letter to a synagogue that the new country would give “to bigotry no sanction”; a slave owner who believed slavery would tear apart the country; and a dental patient whose ill-fitting, hinged dentures were most likely the cause of his stern look in the Stuart portrait. That’s the Washington portrayed in “Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon,” in an exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History. The exhibition — which continues into