Author of “At Home Inside: A Daughter’s Tribute to Ann Petry” & “Can Anything Beat White? A Black Family’s Letters,” in conversation with Jesse Nasta, Executive Director, Middlesex County Historical Society and Visiting Assistant Professor of African American History at Wesleyan University.
Co-sponsors:The Center for African American Studies, Wesleyan UniversityThe Department of African American Studies, Wesleyan University
A Middlesex County Historical Society Online Event
Elisabeth Petry, Middletown author and daughter of novelist Ann Petry (1908-1997),will discuss her family’s Connecticut roots and national impact.Ann Petry’s 1946 novel, The Street, became the <rst novel by an African American woman to sell more than a million copies.Ann Petry’s aunt, Anna Louise James, daughter of a formerly enslaved man, became the <rst African American woman pharmacist licensed in Connecticut, in 1909. She owned the James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, for over 50years. Having published two family memoirs, Elisabeth Petry is at work on a documentary<lm about her mother and her ancestors.