‘Images of America’: Talk, objects reflect African-American experience

February 12, 2019 GMT

A set of shackles and an original issue of a “Green Book” are among the items that will be passed around when the New Haven Museum hosts Jeffrey Fletcher and objects from his collection, “Images of America,” on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m.

The artifacts and memorabilia reflect the African-American experience, with items and images from periods of slavery, the Jim Crow era and the civil-rights movement, according to a museum news release. Items on view will include a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe, and, in counterbalance, a flight jacket and photos from the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

The artifacts and images help to explain how the debilitating effects of slavery and its legacy of institutional racism continue to impact America, the museum said.

“Many of these pieces have only been read about in history books or seen in movies,” Fletcher is quoted as saying in the release. “They deliver a very powerful message.”

Fletcher is one of four children whose parents migrated from the south during the Jim Crow and turbulent Civil Rights movement. Following college, he spent 14 years working for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and 21 years as a New Haven police officer. For more information on his collection, visit https://www.africanamericancollections.com/.

The New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave. 203-562-4183.