African American Connecticut Explored

February 25       7 PM


Join us at Windsor Historical Society on Wednesday, February 25, at 7 p.m. when contributing essayist Dr. Stacey Close, Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University, and Elizabeth Normen, publisher of Connecticut Explored, the magazine of Connecticut history, and editor of African American Connecticut Explored (Wesleyan University Press, 2014), will speak about the long arc of the African American experience in Connecticut. The two authors will share compelling stories drawn from the book's 54 essays covering the colonial period to mid-20th century -- a great way to gain an understanding of the contributions of African American people to this state and what they experienced here through the centuries.

In the book and upcoming program, African American voices ring clear through topics such as the Black Governors of Connecticut, nationally prominent black abolitionists like the reverends Amos Beman and James Pennington, the African American communityís response to the Amistad trial, the letters of Joseph O. Cross of the 29th Regiment of Colored Volunteers in the Civil War, and the Civil Rights work of baseball great Jackie Robinson (a twenty-year resident of Stamford). Additional twentieth century topics include the migration of southern African Americans to Connecticut in the early twentieth century, and the Black Panthers. Residents who rose to national prominence are discussed, including Marion Anderson, and Ann Petry. Pioneering business people, community leaders, educators, and others who made important contributions to the state are also remembered and have their stories told. Beyond the history of slavery, abolitionism, and the civil rights movement, the book and its authors will give program attendees a sense of the daily life of African Americans in different eras, including a look at the important communities formed in the early 19th century.

Cost for the program is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $4 for Windsor Historical Society members and Letís Go Art Card holders. Purchase a book for $31.90 (cash, checks credit card accepted) and get it signed by the authors, and pick up a current issue of Connecticut Explored Magazine, available at no charge. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813 or online at . Snow date for the program is Thursday, February 26, at 7 p.m.



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