Ellis Walter Ruley: Norwich Artist

 9/18/2021 @ 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 Walter Ruley Committee and learn about this important figure in Norwich’s history. Registration is required, to register phone 860-887-1695 ext. 116 or email fmanfredi@cgmllaw.com. Sponsored by Ellis Walter Ruley Committee.

 860-887-1695 ext. 116

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28 Hammond Ave., Norwich, CT

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Moderate, Registration Required, No Dogs. Road is narrow, please be aware of oncoming traffic. Limited parking at site.

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