The Great Migration and African Americans in CT Talk on Nov. 15 in Westport

The Westport Historical Society will welcome Dr. Stacey Close of Eastern CT State University on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6 - 7 p.m. Dr. Close will discuss the Great Migration of African Americans to Connecticut and the African American community in Connecticut in general and Fairfield County in particular. This event is part of WHS’ Remembered Series in connection with the Remembered exhibition.

A native of Georgia, Dr. Close has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Conn. Also a professor of history, Close received his Ph.D. and M.A. from The Ohio State University and B.A. from Albany State College, a HBCU in Georgia. Dr. Close has taught courses and frequently lectures on African American, American, African, and Southern history. In addition, he has published with journals and presses such as the Journal of Negro History, CT Explored, and Guilford Press.

Online pre-registration is $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door, $10 is suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members. Students are $5 with ID. There is no charge for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended, register at or by calling (203) 222-1424 x5.

The Westport Historical Society is located at 25 Avery Place in Westport, Conn. For more information, phone (203) 222-1424.


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