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New Haven Museum to showcase historic African American women

Anna Louise James at the soda fountain where she was pharmacist and owner, Old Saybrook, c. 1909-1911
Anna Louise James at the soda fountain where she was pharmacist and owner, Old Saybrook, c. 1909-1911
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

On March 13, the New Haven Museum, in coalition with The Amistad Committee Inc., and Connecticut Explored magazine will host ‘The Struggle for Full Rights as Citizens: The Voice of Connecticut’s African Americans’, a public lecture highlighting the stories of notable African Americans throughout the state’s history. The Museum, located at 114 Whitney Avenue in downtown New Haven, is celebrating its 150th year.

Anna Louise James

Incorporating the theme of Women’s History Month, the event will offer particular insights into the lives of several influential African American women. Amongst those featured will be Anna Louise James, the daughter of a Virginia plantation slave who escaped enslavement by way of the Underground Railroad and settled in Connecticut. She would go on to become the first female African American pharmacist in the state.

Reception and Book Launch

The lecture begins at 6 p.m., and is free to the general public. Following the lecture, there will be a reception and book launch for African American Connecticut Explored, a new release from Wesleyan University Press.