Photos courtesy of Amanda Danning and the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Criminal Justice Center
Amanda Danning, a facial reconstructionist who works with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., will do a presentation to Dr. Joan Bytheway's Forensic Anthropology class, followed by an actual reconstruction at Sam Houston Museum at noon. All are invited to attend.
Danning is working on a project reconstructing six skulls from the San Jacinto Battlefield. The reconstruction at the Sam Houston Museum will be from a soldier recovered from the Battlefield and will include the injuries sustained during the fight.
Danning, a forensic artist, sculptor and painter, was the former Director of Exhibits at the Museum of Health & Medical Science in Houston. Her work on facial reconstruction is geared toward archeological finds rather than criminal investigations. She put faces to people that lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
Among Danning’s reconstruction projects are:
- Bartholomew Gosnold, Captain of the Godspeed and James Mutton, the first casualty at the Jamestown settlement in Virginia
- Paleo-Americans, whose remains date back 10,000 years and is on display at the Bosque County Museum in Clinton, Texas
- Privates Thomas Smith and Levi Morris, two Buffalo Soldiers recovered at Fort Craig New Mexico, who will be exhibited at the Buffalo National Soldiers Museum in Houston.