Living Well in Litchfield County, Connecticut

February 22, 2023

Beyond the Amistad

Live Learn Lunch: Beyond the Amistad: Black History at the Connecticut Historical Society

In this program, we’ll take you on a tour of items from our collection representing a spectrum of the Black experience in CT. You’ll learn about a Harlem Renaissance writer, Ann Petry, who carefully preserved artifacts chronicling the black community of Saybrook. Examine daguerreotypes by Augustus Washington, who abandoned a successful Hartford photography business to build a new nation in Africa. Browse through the photo album of a Hollywood actress who became a champion of labor rights for black entertainers. Marvel at the gorgeous costumes created by CT’s West Indian community for their annual MAS celebration, and see artifacts documenting the Civil Rights movement in our state.

Includes Light Lunch ~ Donation welcome
11:30am – 1:00pm

Presented by: Natalie Belanger, Adult Programs Manager Connecticut Historical Society
Natalie is the Adult Programs Manager at the Connecticut
Historical Society. She holds a B.A. in history from Smith College
and an M.A. in women’s history from the University of Maryland.
She has worked in museum education for most of her career, and also teaches
history courses at Manchester Community College.

Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road
Litchfield, CT 06759

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