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about the greater new haven african american historical society


The Ethnic Heritage Center 270 Fitch Street, New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: (203) 392-6126

Board of Directors

Edna Carnegie, Chairperson Emeritus (deceased)
Valerie L. Bertrand, President
Brenda Jennings, Vice President
Sheila Jewell, Recording Secretary
Margery Mills, Corresponding Secretary
Jesse Snipes, Treasurer
Geraldine Poole, Archivist/Librarian
Carolyn Baker
Howard el Yasin
Mary Jones
Diane Petaway



The GNH African-American Historical Society  is privileged to have hosted distinguished guest honorees/speakers Ben Vereen - Versatile Entertainer; Adam C. Powell III - Educator; the Honorable Judge Constance Baker Motley; Dr. Bruce Jackson - the Roots Project DNA; Sonia Sanchez - Poet & Activist; Abi Odun Oyewole - The Last Poets; Scot X Esdaile -  President of the Connecticut NAACP, and many other wonderful exhibitors and presenters.

Each year, in addition to our many other activities, the GNHAAHS awards its Lifetime Contributions Award to individuals from the community and a special guest speaker. 
During the 2010 awards program, the Zannette Lewis Scholarship was awarded to Robert Kinney, Jr., a recent graduate of Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven.

Connections to the past can be found everywhere.  Individuals, museums and historical societies are counted on to save and make historical information available to the public.  The GNHAAHS remains dedicated to preserve and celebrate the history of people of African heritage. We invite and encourage anyone who shares our goals to become a member.

Valerie L. Bertrand, President