The Great Migration and African Americans in CT

September 14th, 2018

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Part of WHS’ Remembered Series in connection with the Remembered exhibition
Image: The Waffle Shoppe, Joy Clinton Shepherd, Courtesy Westport Permanent Arts Collection


Dr. Stacey Close of Eastern Connecticut State University will talk about the Great Migration of African Americans in Connecticut in the 20th Century and the lives of the African American community in Connecticut in general and Fairfield County and Fairfield County in particular.


A native of Georgia, Dr. Stacey Close has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT.  Also a professor of history, Close received his Ph.D. and M.A. from The Ohio State University and B.A. from Albany State College, a HBCU in Georgia. Dr Close has taught courses and frequently lectures on African American, American, African, and Southern history. In addition, he has published with journals and presses such as the Journal of Negro History, CT Explored, and Guilford Press.


Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members, $5 student with ID.  No charge for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended, register online here or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt.