When History Is Personal: Slavery and Its Legacies at Yale

A gallery installation. A space with green carpeting houses a patterned chair and ottoman alongside a tall wooden cabinet. The doors of the cabinet are open, and books and small objects appear inside.

Installation view of Mickalene Thomas / Portrait of an Unlikely Space, with exhibition design elements by Mickalene Thomas

Join Christopher M. Rabb, B.A. 1992, a genealogist, family historian, and author; Risë Nelson, member of the Yale and Slavery Working Group and Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility, Yale Library; and Hope McGrath, researcher for the Yale and Slavery Research Project and Research Coordinator for New Haven, Yale, and Connecticut History, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, for a conversation about how enslaved and free Black people have been remembered—and forgotten—in Yale’s history. Mr. Rabb’s ancestor, Christiana Taylor Livingston Williams Freeman, a Black abolitionist and an agent of the Underground Railroad, is featured in a portrait alongside a separate image of her daughters, Isadora and Mary Freeman, in the Yale University Art Gallery’s current exhibition Mickalene Thomas / Portrait of an Unlikely Space. The display of the daguerreotypes, which the Library of Congress lent to the exhibition, presents an opportunity to discuss the multiple legacies of slavery, the slave trade, and Black history at Yale. Reception to follow.

Registration required.

To attend in person, register at https://cglink.me/2dA/r2257236.

To attend on Zoom, register at https://tinyurl.com/4xvc33pd. Closed captions will be available in English.

Conversation generously cosponsored by the Gallery’s Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund; the Afro-American Cultural Center, Yale University; the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center, Yale University. Reception generously sponsored by Belonging at Yale and the Office of the President, Yale University.