Tracing Our Roots: New Rochelle\’s Black History


Friday, June 2, 2023 - Friday, June 30, 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


On Friday, June 2  the New Rochelle Council on the Arts’ popular exhibit Tracing Our Roots: New Rochelle’s Black History returns for an encore showing at the NRCA Rotunda Gallery at City Hall. The exhibit will be on display through June 30th.

In this exhibit the NRCA continues its on-going exploration of the city’s heritage by focusing on the places, people, events and movements that shaped the lives of its African American residents. Through compelling graphic design, photographs, primary documents, maps, early newspaper articles and an illuminating narrative, this exhibit reveals the extraordinary heritage of New Rochelle’s Black community.

The narrative is one of slavery, migration, segregation and intentional integration, venerable institutions, acclaimed national figures, tireless activism, and preservation of tradition. From its years as an early colonial settlement and then premier commuter community, to 21st century city-suburb, New Rochelle often serves as a microcosm of the nation: In many ways the experiences of its African American residents have foretold America’s collective Black experience.

“In 1984 NRCA presented an extraordinary exhibit, Glimpses of the Past: 300 Years of Black History in New Rochelle. It was the first time New Rochelle’s African American story became fully accessible to the general public,” said Barbara Davis, New Rochelle’s City Historian and Co-Director of the Westchester County Historical Society, who was the exhibit coordinator for Tracing Our Roots. “The 2023 NRCA exhibit committee took that lead to create an entirely fresh presentation, a broader perspective. It is our hope that the exhibit will foster dialogue and encourage the preservation of family records, family stories and life in New Rochelle.”

NRCA’s “Tracing Our Roots” exhibit committee included Maddali Paci Atallah, Jasmine Brown, Barbara Davis, Leslie Demus, Selena Evans and Linda Tarrant-Reid.  The exhibit was co-curated by Barbara Davis and Linda Tarrant-Reid and designed by Jesse Sanchez. “Tracing Our Roots” was made possible with funding from the New Rochelle Corporation for Local Development and NRCA.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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New Rochelle Council on the Arts Rotunda Gallery
515 North Ave.
New Rochelle, New York
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Friday, June 2, 2023 - Friday, June 30, 2023
Times: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event

Presenter: NRCA Rotunda Gallery
Presenter Phone: 9147140232
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