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About the Burleigh Exhibit

Thank You

This exhibit was researched in Fall 2016 by students in Elizabeth Macy’s 2016 Blues and African-American Musical Heritage class.

Timeline and Biography: Kenter Davies, Joey Freeman, Jon Wiedemann
African-American Musical Roots: Willy Bresee, Joseph Eisele, Sayeed Joseph
African-Americans in Saratoga: Leonardo De Jesus Oliveira, Tyler Magner, Kelsea Schimmel
Burleigh in Saratoga: Olivia Cox, Taylor Fohrhaltz-Burbank, Jules Koslow

MDOCS’ Jordana Dym and Jesse Wakeman provided additional research, planning, set-up, and poster design is by Michael Zhou, ’17. Saratoga artist Daesha Devón Harris contributed  photographs from her series, “and yet must Promise Land.” Exhibit posters were printed with support by the Music Department and MDOCS’ Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation “Project Vis” grant.

Special thanks to Jeremy Day-O’Connell, Music, and Shelley Curran, Zankel, for support for hanging the exhibit, and to Jamie Parillo, Director, Saratoga-Springs History Museum for sharing photographs from the George S. Bolster Collection. Additional visual materials come from the Special Collections, Scribner Library, Skidmore College; Prints and Photographs Division and Map Division, Library of Congress; Art and Picture Division, New York Public Library, Digital Collection; Historical American Sheet Music, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University; Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries; Saratoga Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library; Bethesda Episcopal Church Archives (Saratoga Springs); and MDOCS’ Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project (


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