Explore 'African American Connecticut' at Custom House

Essayist Elisabeth Petry and editor Elizabeth Normen will discuss their new book at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Custom House Maritime Museum.

"African American Connecticut Explored," published by Wesleyan University Press, explores the African-American experience in Connecticut from the Colonial period to the 20th century. Petry will discuss her late mother Ann Petry and "The Narrows," her story set in a mythic mid-20th century town modeled in part after New London. Ann Petry of Old Saybrook was an American author who became the first black woman writer with book sales topping 1 million copies for her novel "The Street."

Admission is $15 and $10 for New London Maritime Society members and students with a valid identification. Reservations are necessary due to limited space. Call (860) 447-2501 to reserve a seat.

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