Navigating Segregation in New York State, (1930s-'60s) lecture by Dr. Gretchen Sorin  - BlueStone Press
November 24, 2017

Navigating Segregation in New York State, (1930s-'60s) lecture by Dr. Gretchen Sorin 

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The Friends of Historic Rochester and the Town of Rochester Historic Preservation Commission have teamed up to present a lecture by Dr. Gretchen Sorin, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Rochester Reformed Church, 5142 Route 209, Accord. Dr. Sorin’s lecture, titled “Navigating Segregation: African American Tourists in Upstate New York and Beyond,” will focus on African American travel throughout the region during the era of the 1930s to the 1960s while taking special note of the historic African American resorts in the town—places like the Peg Leg Bates Country Club and the Wicky Wacky Club.  In addition to her illustrated talk, Dr. Sorin will have conversations with two local residents: Rene Bailey, who was the featured singer at the Peg Leg Bates Country Club and Connie Beckley, current owner of the Wicky Wacky Club property who had the opportunity to interview proprietor Vi Ferguson before she died. As a special treat, Ms. Bailey, who recently brought down the house at the Celebration of the Arts in Kingston, will perform songs from her repertoire. Sorin has served as a guest curator for many exhibitions, including, “Bridges and Boundaries: African Americans and American Jews” for the Jewish Museum in New York. She is currently collaborating on a film, “Driving While Black,” with famed filmmaker Ken Burns’s production company, Steeplechase Films. Admission is free to the program, all are welcome and refreshments will be served.  For more information, call FHR Chair Alice Schoonmaker at 626-7103.


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