g. Ellis Walter Ruley: Norwich Artist

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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 an example 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 for this virtual experience and learn about this important figure in Norwich’s history. Sponsored by the City of Norwich’s Ellis Walter Ruley Committee, www.norwichct.org and the Norwich Historical Society, www.norwichhistoricalsociety.org.


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