Jeffrey A. Fletcher the owner/collector of the African American Collection, is a life long resident who was raised in South Eastern Connecticut. He is one of four children whose parents migrated from the south during the "Jim Crow" and turbulent Civil Rights movement.
After graduating from high school and college, he began what he refers to one of the many inspirational points in his life that brought him to collecting African American artifacts and memorabilia. Jeffrey spent fourteen years employed within the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and twenty one years as a Police Officer in the City of New Haven. Where the community he served was a multi-cultural community comprised of African American and Latino neighborhoods.
The exhibit is a collection of artifacts which reflect decades of turbulent times for African Americans in the United States during the period of slavery and the Civil Rights movement. It brings visitors up close and personal which is an experience that many have only read about in history books or seen in movies.
The exhibit embraces the teachings of tolerance, diversity, unity and educating people that there was a time when imagery played a significant role in how African Americans were perceived. The artifacts and memorabilia may seem to be difficult to view but they are a part of African American history that needs to be told just as much as the triumphs which were made by African American pioneers and trailblazers.
The exhibit is an opportunity to begin honest conversations regarding a rich and strong history which has historically been maligned. The "Images of America" exhibit is an experience which will leave lasting impressions and memories.