Library celebrates Black History Month

Learn about Connecticut’s contribution to abolition at a historical book talk at Greenwich Library.

On Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m., contributing editor Elizabeth J. Normen will discuss African American Connecticut Explored, a work of scholarship composed of more than 50 essays that document the long arc of the African American experience in Connecticut.

Spanning from 1630 through the 20th century, the voice of Connecticut’s African Americans rings clear through stories featuring nationally prominent black abolitionists, the African American community’s response to the Amistad trial and the civil rights work of baseball great Jackie Robinson (a 20-year resident of Stamford).

Historian and contributor to the book, William Frank Mitchell, will also be present to discuss his involvement as curator of the current exhibition Freedom! and the collection of 6,000 works of art, artifacts and archives and documents from more than 300 years of the black experience in America at the Amistad Center of Art and Culture in Hartford.

The talk will take place in the Greenwich Library’s meeting room. This program is open to all at no charge through the support of the library’s Board of Trustees and contributions from generous donors. No registration is required. Books will be available for sale and signing.

For more information, contact Michele Martin at [email protected] or 203-625-6533.

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