12:00AM – 1:15PM
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GLC@Lunch: Slavery in and out of the Archives: History, Family, and Creative Inspiration in Fairfield, Connecticut
Diane Ciccone, Esq. and Kyle Bass (Assistant Professor of Theater at Colgate University), descendants of African people enslaved in Fairfield, CT and the American South; and Alec Lurie (Database Manager at Fairfield Slavery Project and Curatorial Assistant, Fairfield Museum and History Center)
Moderator: Joy Burns (Member of the Yale & Slavery Working Group; Board member, Amistad Committee)
This program features the work of the Fairfield Slavery Project, a searchable database of enslaved individuals in colonial and post-colonial Fairfield, Connecticut. The database is housed at the Fairfield Museum and History Center. Database manager Alec Lurie will discuss his research process for creating biographical profiles from disparate sources and highlight several case studies from among the more than one thousand people enslaved in the town of Fairfield. As descendants of African people enslaved in Fairfield, Diane Ciccone and Kyle Bass will share their emotional, intellectual, and creative journeys for exploring their family histories. Based on their discoveries of their earliest American ancestors, Diane and Kyle create narratives that amplify the history of enslavement in the New England colonies. In the process of exploring historical facts, their creative endeavors also explore deeper and more universal human truths.