October-December 2020

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Oct 7 6:00 pm

Stories of Resilience~Encountering Racism

La Grua Center, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut, presents Stories of Resilience: Encountering Racism, on view October 7 - December 19.

This exhibit highlights the lives of five exceptional residents of New London County, past and present—attorney Lonnie Braxton, Rev. Florence Clarke, Sonalysts Board member Donetta Hodge, Coast Guard Commander (Ret.) Merle Smith, and 19th century freed slave and teacher Ichabod Pease. Stories of Resilience showcases their determination, bravery and strength in the face of personal and systemic racism. Developed from the Jewish Federation of Eastern CT’s Encountering Differences Program, the exhibit paints a picture of remarkable successes in the face of daunting obstacles through personal photographs, artifacts, and video testimonies.

The exhibition is supported in part by the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. We are deeply grateful to the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, where the exhibit opened in February, for their assistance.

Gallery hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am-2pm, excepting holidays and holiday weekends, and by appointment by calling La Grua Center at 860-535-2300.

Please note all visitors will be required to sign in and wear a mask--NO EXCEPTIONS. Social distancing recommendations will also be observed.

To view the complete video now showing in the gallery, click here.

To view the panel discussion that took place on October 7, click here.

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