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Ellis Walter Ruley: Norwich Artist

 9/24/2022 @ 10:00 am

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 works 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. There is a steep walk up to the park site and the rest of the walk is flat. Note Hammond Ave is narrow, please be aware of oncoming traffic. There is limited parking at the site. To register call 860-887-1695 Ext. 116 or email fmanfredi@cgmllaw.com. Sponsored by the Ellis Walter Ruley Committee.

 860-887-1695 Ext. 116

Type of Event

Walk

Location

28 Hammond Ave., Norwich, CT

Additional Info

Moderate, Registration Required, No Dogs, Especially For Families With Children. To register call 860-887-1695 Ext. 116 or email fmanfredi@cgmllaw.com.

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