by Allan Appel | Nov 6, 2014 3:40 pm | Comments (1)
Even with her art history degree from Vassar, Lynn Scott, visiting from Florida, did not immediately notice the collar and lock on the neck of the exotically dressed black slave. He stands alarmed, or attentive, or both, at the bottom right of this group portrait of a certain successful merchant of long ago named Elihu Yale and his aristocratic friends.
When she did notice, she exclaimed, “Americans tend to think of slavery as not part of the New England experience. It’s something we don’t think about.”
Now she does.
by Aliyya Swaby | Sep 15, 2014 4:14 am | Comments (4)
Bikers riding the Farmington Canal Trail slowed Saturday morning to watch as the city dedicated a planned plaza to William Lanson, an 19th Century black leader once disparagingly called the “King of the colored race” of New Haven.
by Khadija Hussain | Jul 7, 2014 6:15 am
Boom! Boom, ba boom boom boom! The sounds aboard the Amistad were not those of ship calls, but of drumbeats.
As people boarded the ship at a homecoming event, they picked up drums or maracas. They were told to make noise to embody the strength and passion that are the Amistad story.
by Meagan Jordan | Jun 20, 2014 6:16 am | Comments (2)
Quinnell Wilkins laid a rose by the statue commemorating a great moment in New Haven’s civil rights history—as part of a commemoration of a different moment in civil rights history.
by Melissa Bailey | Jun 2, 2014 5:16 pm | Comments (3)
Just days after her death, Maya Angelou disappeared from outside an Orchard Street corner store—then reappeared to “wake up” and inspire the Dixwell neighborhood.
by Melissa Bailey | Mar 3, 2014 1:21 pm | Comments (2)
New Haven’s first female mayor told her story on one school stage—and a young understudy portrayed the same historic part on a second school stage across town.
by Allan Appel | Feb 27, 2014 8:44 am | Comments (10)
A black entrepreneur built Long Wharf and the walls of our part of the Farmington Canal.
He also had a crazy notion that whites and blacks both had dignity and could work and thrive together.
That was in 1820s New Haven.
by Allan Appel | Feb 13, 2014 11:16 am | Comments (6)
One semi-swooning white female icon, one high-heeled shoe, and a large jazz trumpet face off against seven or eight intense African-American male gazes.
Call it a stand-off.
by Michelle Turner | Feb 3, 2014 11:20 am | Comments (4)
When I was young, relatives told me to stay out of the sun, because “you’ll get sunburned.” The message: You don’t want to be too black.
They told me only adults drink coffee, because if children drank it, it would make you BLACK.
by Paul Bass | Jan 20, 2014 12:45 pm | Comments (2)
Medical student Kumba Hinds celebrated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday by guiding middle-schoolers onto the path she forged.