New Haven’s African American Heritage: A Bridge to Today is open M-F, 10-3pm, Sun 2-4 pm, or by appointment. The exhibit provides glimpses of the rich and enduring fabric of New Haven’s African American community, with a special focus on churches, philanthropy, education, civil rights, sports, and the arts. Featuring documents, newspaper clippings, paintings, and a wealth of photographs, the exhibit draws from the archives of the old Connecticut Afro-American Historical Society (one of the Ethnic Heritage Center’s founding Member Societies), which, during its final years, was housed within the Dixwell Community House. The Ethnic Heritage Center has been appointed Custodian of the collection, and the Greater New Haven African American Historical Society (an EHC Member Society) and EHC staff are working to inventory the collection. This exhibit is the first of many as work on the collection progresses.
The Ethnic Heritage Center is located at 270 Fitch St., New Haven, on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University. Admission and parking are free. For group visits, please call 392-6126.