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Ellis Walter Ruley: Norwich Artist
September 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 amfree
Ellis Walter Ruley was a self-taught African American artist from Norwich. In 1933, he married a white woman named Wilhelmina Fox, and as Norwich’s first interracial couple, Ellis and Wilhelmina faced considerable unkindness from disapproving neighbors. The couple, along with extended family, lived in an old farmhouse off Hammond Ave. Slater Memorial Museum has several of Ruley’s work and his paintings are housed in other collections across the country. Ruley died mysteriously in 1959 and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich. Join members of the Ellis Ruley Committee and learn about this important figure in Norwich’s history.
Preregistration: Phone 860.887.1695 Ext. 116 or Email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 Hammond Ave, Norwich, the road is narrow, please be aware of oncoming traffic. There is limited parking at the site.
1 Mile. Moderate. No restrooms. No dogs. No wheelchair access.
For a virtual tour of the site, please click here.