Black History

Dixwell’s History Comes Alive On New Tour

by Allan Appel | Mar 23, 2017 1:39 pm

Allan Appel Photo When Diane Petaway visited her grandmother in the 1950s in the Dixwell neighborhood, she never knew about Curry’s Confectionery, a sweet shop whose chocolates were so delicious local white merchants sold them as their own. They carried the subterfuge as far as to require James and Ethel Curry to deliver their candies at night so customers would not know the original candy makers were African-American.

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Lee Friedlander Captures The Conflict In Civil Rights

by Brian Slattery | Jan 25, 2017 4:09 pm | Comments (1)

Friedlander, Courtesy
Eakins Press Foundation It’s not just that we see what the photographer is seeing; the way the photograph is composed, we’re there, in his shoes. We’re in the midst of a crowd, people seated in rows of chairs. The women are all in dresses. The men are wearing suits. Most are wearing hats. Most of them seem to be paying attention to whatever’s in front of them.

But then, front and center in the photograph, is a kid in a Scout uniform. His arms are crossed. His brow is furrowed. His eyes pierce the camera’s lens.

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