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The Black Holyoke experience was recently on display at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA, with an arts expo, curator’s talk and more. The newest exhibit “Reliquary of Blackness: An Exhibit of Oral Histories” brought together words and images collected by scholar Erika Slocumb with help from Holyoke Community College student A’knesha Davis-Darkwah and facilitated by museum director Kate Preissler and archivist Penni Martorell.

The exhibit might be over, but #blackholyoke goes on. There are plans to take the exhibit on the road and online. Erika and A’knesha tell our listeners about the bright future for the Black Holyoke project.

Pictured above: Erika Slocumb and A’Knesha Davis Darkwah at the WCCH studio.

Wistariahurst’s Reliquary of Blackness honors history of Holyoke’s black community

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