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Plaza Honors City’s Black “King”

by Aliyya Swaby | Sep 15, 2014 5:14 am | Comments (4)

Aliyya Swaby Photo 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.

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Amistad Stops At Home

by Khadija Hussain | Jul 7, 2014 7:15 am

Khadija Hussain Photo 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.

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Juneteenth Marked At Amistad Memorial

by Meagan Jordan | Jun 20, 2014 7:16 am | Comments (2)

Meagan Jordan Photo 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.

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Angelou Appears After All

by Melissa Bailey | Jun 2, 2014 6:16 pm | Comments (3)

Melissa Bailey Photo 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.

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Toni Harp & “Toni Harp” Take History’s Stage

by Melissa Bailey | Mar 3, 2014 2:21 pm | Comments (2)

Melissa Bailey Photos 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.

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“King Of The Colored Race” Of New Haven Revealed

by Allan Appel | Feb 27, 2014 9:44 am | Comments (10)

Photo courtesy of New Haven Museum 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.

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New Exhibit Highlights Katro Storm’s Work

by Allan Appel | Feb 13, 2014 12:16 pm | Comments (6)

Gallery Howe 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.

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Paper Bag Tests Revisited

by Michelle Turner | Feb 3, 2014 12:20 pm | 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.

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From Voter Registration To Mary Kay, MLK’s Dream Lives On

by Paul Bass | Jan 20, 2014 1:45 pm | Comments (2)

Paul Bass Photo Medical student Kumba Hinds celebrated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday by guiding middle-schoolers onto the path she forged.

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Toni Harp Sworn In As New Haven’s 50th Mayor

by Paul Bass | Jan 1, 2014 5:34 pm | Comments (10)

History was made, not studied, at Career High School Wednesday as New Haven’s first female, and first female African-American, mayor took the oath of office.

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