Erika Slocumb talks about the most recent activity around her research on the project Black Holyoke. As a way to showcase this research, there will be a series of events at the Wistariahurst Museum, that include performances, and an exhibit of stories and images of the Black community of Holyoke, compiled by Erika, through several interviews.

The exhibit Reliquary of Blackness: An Exhibit of Oral Histories, curated by scholar Erika Slocumb and funded in part by Mass Humanities and the Holyoke Local Cultural Council, will open to the public at Wistariahurst on Tuesday, August 27th. The exhibit will be on view through October 23rd.

As part of the events linked to this exhibit, one of them is Performing Blackness: An Arts Expo and Curator Talk, on Thursday ,September 19, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm with a showcase of art and music, including a musical performance by  Vélez.

All the information about the exhibit and the events, is available at the Wistariahurst Museum’s website:

More information about Black Holyoke can be found on Facebook


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