The Great Migration and African Americans in CT

Posted by Barbara Peck on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 2:22 PM

Join Westport Historical Society on Thursday, Nov. 15th, from 6 to 7 pm, when Dr. Stacey Close of Eastern CT State University will discuss the Great Migration of African Americans to Connecticut and the lives of the African American community in Connecticut in general and Fairfield County in particular.  This event is part of WHS’ Remembered Series in connection with the Remembered exhibition.

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. Students $5 with ID. No charge for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended, register at or call (203) 222-1424 x5.


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