This presentation will focus on the life and legacy of Robert M. Park, his family, the Black community in New Haven, and Yale in the 19th century. A founder of the Temple Street Church, now the Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ and a delegate to the Connecticut State Convention of Colored Men in 1849, Park was a noted community builder and leader. He worked, variously, as a custodian around campus and at the Hopkins School, and as a laboratory assistant to Yale Professors Benjamin Silliman, Sr. and Jr. Several of Park’s grandchildren attended Yale.
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Hope McGrath is a lead researcher with the Yale & Slavery Research Project. She earned her PhD in history at the University of Pennsylvania and er B.A. from Columbia University. She has been a writer at Yale since 2017.
Mondays at Beinecke online talks focus on materials from the collections and include an opening presentation at 4pm followed by conversation and question and answer beginning about 4:30pm until 5pm.