Honoring Black history
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Honoring Black history

Left, these large shackles, made in the 17th and 18th century were found in Haverstraw, along with smaller ones designed for women and children. They display the cruelty of slavery. Chains and cotton are markers of enslavement (Photos courtesy Virginia Norfleet Collection)
Left, these large shackles, made in the 17th and 18th century were found in Haverstraw, along with smaller ones designed for women and children. They display the cruelty of slavery. Chains and cotton are markers of enslavement (Photos courtesy Virginia Norfleet Collection)

To mark Black History month, Rockland’s Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education at Rockland Community College in Suffern presents “The Brick Speaks.” The small, powerful exhibit reveals the forgotten legacies of slavery in Rockland County. It connects visitors to African American history, culture, and life in local neighborhoods in unexpected ways.

The exhibit is curated by Virginia “Ginny” Norfleet, the founder and CEO of the Haverstraw African American Connection, and a 2019 Rockland County Civil Rights Hall of Fame honoree.

Ms. Norfleet’s video, “Brick Stories: Ginny Norfleet,” is part of a series of oral histories from ArtsWestchester’s Brick by Brick exhibition on YouTube. artsw.org/brickbybrick.

The museum is hosted by Rockland Community College and receives funding from the Town of Ramapo, County of Rockland, and Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County.

To schedule a school or organization education program, email Galeet Lipke at Holocaustrcc@gmail.com or go to holocauststudies.org.

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