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Professor Displays Art at United Nations

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, Conn. - "Ancestral Memories," an art exhibition by Imna Arroyo, professor of art at Eastern Connecticut State University, will be displayed at the United Nations' International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The exhibit opening will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 22 at the Main Gallery in the Visitors' Lobby of the United Nations, located at First Avenue at 46th Street in New York City.

            The United Nations event commemorates the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, which forced 25 to 30 million Africans away from their homes to endure the torture of slavery in the Americas and the Caribbean. Arroyo's exhibition will feature the African Orishas guarding their ancestors during the transatlantic passage. The evening will also include a mystical recreation of the Middle Passage and a collection of artifacts and historic documents from the Freeman Institute. African and Caribbean cuisine and cultural performances will follow. Traditional attire is requested.

            For more information and to RSVP, contact the United Nations at or (212) 963-0089.


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