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Celebrating the Impact of African American Connecticut Explored

Thursday, February 1, 6:00 pm, reception follows
Also streaming on Facebook Live  

Join the New Haven Museum and CT Explored magazine for a celebration of the 10th anniversary of African American Connecticut Explored. The first collection of essays to delve into the many facets of African-descended people in Connecticut, the book documents an array of subjects, from the Black governors of Connecticut to the civil rights work of baseball great Jackie Robinson. Panelists will discuss the publication’s influence on current scholarship and how the study of African American history has changed and grown since the book first appeared.  

Speakers and Panelists include:  

Dr. Stacey Close, Associate Provost/Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University  

Dr. Frank Mitchell (Moderator), Cultural Organizer in Visual Arts and Public Humanities; Curator at Large, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s Curator at Large; and Curatorial Adviser, the Toni N. and Wendell C. Harp Historical Museum at New Haven’s Dixwell Q House  

Elizabeth Normen, Founding Publisher, Emeritus, of Connecticut Explored, Inc. and editor of African American Connecticut Explored  

Dr. Camesha Scruggs, Assistant Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University  

Dr. Fiona Vernal, Director of Engaged, Public, Oral, and Community Histories (EPOCH) and Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut  

Dr. Yohuru Williams, Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History and Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas  

Dr. Brittney Yancy, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Illinois College   The event is part of NH250, an ongoing series of programming developed by the New Haven Museum to complement “America 250.” Culminating with the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the series highlights inclusive, local, and lesser-known stories, connecting past and present.

 (image) Pharmacist Anna Louise James behind the soda fountain in the James Pharmacy, c. 1909–1911, MC440-80-1 (detail). Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.