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Peekskil Field Gallery Presents History In 'Racing On A Broken Road'

"Racing on a Broken Road" by Betsy Braun features archived documents. Photo Credit: Contributed
"Racing on a Broken Road" by Betsy Braun also features photography. Photo Credit: Contributed

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Field Gallery of Peekskill will be holding an opening reception for "Racing on a Broken Road," Betsy Braun Lane’s exhibit of photography, archival documents, and oral tradition detailing the Peekskill and Cortlandt area’s African/ European/ Native American pioneers and patriots.

The exhibit will run from Saturday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, April 19. A reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A snow date for the reception is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In "Racing on a Broken Road," Braun Lane skillfully combines her work as an artist, photographer, historian and researcher. Weaving hours of interviews with the area’s long-established Moshier and Peterson families with found archival documents and rare photographs, the collected works form a powerful exhibit detailing 230 years of the African-American experience in the Hudson Valley.

“The committed pursuit to secure rights of first class citizenship by local people of African/European/Native American heritage has directed the choice of images and materials used in the artwork," said Braun Lane. "The exhibit focuses on personhood, community, and the contributions they have made.”

Lane addresses the history of enslaved and free people of color, the vital role of the Underground Railroad, and calls upon us to examine past and present perceptions of racial issues.

Following the exhibition, "Racing on a Broken Road" will become a part of The Field Library’s collection on permanent loan.

The Field Gallery is in the Field Library at 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskil.

For further information, call Alicia Morgan, curator, at 914-862-3287, or email amorgan@wlsmail.org. Visit the library’s website at www.peekskill.org.

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