Cara Halstead, Public Information Officer, Pace University
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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD PHOTO EXHIBIT
A celebration of the Spirit of the Underground Railroad and the endurance of the African American settlers of Peekskill
PLEASANTVILLE, NY, FEBRUARY 11, 2005 — February 14-19, in celebration of Black History Month, Pace University will exhibit photographs, mixed media works and research to celebrate the spirit of the Underground Railroad and the endurance of the African American settlers of Peekskill.
In making this exhibition, the artist, Betsy Braun Lane, has harnessed history and technology, producing monochrome images both traditionally and digitally. This work has emerged through a year of historical research and each piece was guided by the oral histories passed down in the Peekskill region for more than two hundred years. As the first person to document these oral histories through a visual and written presentation, Lane used original documents and reference materials to correlate the oral traditions and trace the contributions of the African-American people as the Hudson Valley developed.
The pieces are presented as objects of the history and the struggle of the community. Within the community were freedom-seekers, conductors and supporters of the first unilateral humanitarian effort of this country’s history: the Underground Railroad. Their presence in Peekskill (then known as Cortlandt, an area that now encompasses communities along the Hudson including, Ossining, Croton and Bedford, all thriving industrial areas of the time), and their courage and determination to claim freedom and justice for all, shaped the area’s role in the Underground Railroad network.
“This exhibition is a tribute to those thousands whose names we do not know, but will honor by remembering, said Lane. “It is dedicated to the people who, today, tell the stories of the past and will not let them be forgotten.”
This event is sponsored by the Pace University Office of Diversity Programs and the Westchester Diversity Team.
Who: Betsy Braun Lane, artist. Learn more about the artist at www.betsybraunlane.com
What: Exhibit of photographs, mixed media works and research with artist receptions.
Where: Gottesman Room, Pleasantville Campus, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road.
When: Exhibit – February 14-19, 2005 9:00AM – 10:00PM daily.
Artist receptions – February 15, 3:00 – 4:00PM
and February 16, 12:00 – 1:00 PM*
*featuring Art Hightowers ABCs of Jazz Trio
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