Every Picture Tells A Story: Recovering the History of Worcester's Community of Color Through the Photographs of William Bullard, 1897-1917 Janette Greenwood Ph.D., Clark University
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
|Suggested Audiences:||High School, College, Adult, Elders|
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Worcester Academy: Walker Hall
81 Providence Street
Worcester, MA 01604
|Sponsored by:||Worcester Academy Open Gates Program|
|Description:||Worcester Academys Open Gates program is pleased to present a lecture by Dr. Janette Greenwood as our last community exploration of this years essential question on harnessing the power of our stories. The lecture is free and open to the public.
At the time of his death in 1918, photographer William Bullard left behind a trove of nearly 5400 glass plate negatives, over 230 of which are portraits of Worcesters people of color. Taken primarily in Worcesters Beaver Brook neighborhood, where Bullard himself lived, these recently-discovered images offer a unique look at a community made up of recent Southern migrants, people of Native American descent, Black Yankee families, and a handful of immigrants from the Caribbean. Serendipitously, Bullard left a logbook behind, identifying over 80 percent of his sitters, making it possible to reconstruct the stories of Bullard's sitters. Taken at a time of worsening race relations, these photographs tell the story of people of color staking their claim to full-fledged citizenship, building a vital, activist community, and documenting their achievements and aspirations.
Open Gates is Worcester Academy's coordinated approach to experiential learning. It integrates real-world experiences with the schools curriculum. It takes our students out beyond the campus and the classroom, and brings guests and real-word dimensions in, reinforcing the relevance of the academic experience, as well as our connections with the various communities in which we learn and live.
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Created: April 8, 2017 at 1:47 PM
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