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Montclair Art Museum to Host Discussion on Photo Biographies: Telling Our Story, Feb. 2

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Mariah Wood, ancestor of Dr. Shirley A.R. Lewis, Montclair, NJ
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THE MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL COMMITTEE HOSTS A DISCUSSION

PHOTO BIOGRAPHIES: TELLING OUR HISTORY

 

A conversation with descendants of the Great Migration

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February 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ – February 2, 2017 –The African American Cultural Committee of the Montclair Art Museum will host a discussion, “Photo Biographies: Telling Our Story.”

 

The event will feature early photographs of African American individuals, many born before Emancipation, who were part of the Great Migration.  Their descendants, a panel of Montclair residents, will reflect on their family histories and discuss how the Migration affected their families.

 

The Great Migration began around 1916 as African Americans moved north to take advantage of higher wages and better living conditions.  By the end of 1919, a million African Americans had left the south and settled in New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Chicago.  Many found jobs in factories, slaughterhouses and foundries, where the work was grueling and often dangerous.

 

“It’s an American question and we can only answer partially.  Our engagement and investigation in celebration of Black history is in part the quest of the iconic American question, ‘Where are your people from?’ This exercise is part of the answer,” said Shirley AR Lewis, PhD, whose idea to celebrate these ancestors sparked this discussion.

 

The event will take place on Thursday, February 2, 7-8:30 p.m.

Leir Hall

Montclair Art Museum

3 South Mountain Avenue

Montclair, NJ  07042

 

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