Illustrated Autobiography

The cover art of Josianne Stone's illustrated autobiography. 

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ASHLAND — Ashland resident Josianne Stone, 94, was 13 years old when the Nazi occupation of Belgium began in her rural hometown near the French border. 

Josianne Stone as a child

Stone (right) and her sister Suzanne in front of their maternal grandfather's cafe in Bois-du-Luc, a coal mining area in Belgium. 

Josianne Stone recounts memories from her childhood during Nazi occupation.

Josianne Stone remembers the liberation.

Josianne Stone remembers first hearing of the Battle of the Bulge.

Studying fashion in Paris, France

Stone (second to left) spends time with students and family in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris amid her fashion design studies. 

Josianne Stone explains her path to art.

Emma Davis is a 2021 graduate of the University of Richmond, from which she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and leadership studies. Emma reports for Knox Pages and Ashland Source through Report for America.