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VOICES FOR FREEDOM

The Knights of Columbus Museum will display three first-edition volumes by Thomas Clarkson, a prominent 18th-century abolitionist from February 1 to March 29, 2020. The books will be supplemented by images and archival documents in a limited presentation examining the end of slavery in the United Kingdom and United States. Also on display will be a first edition (1924) copy of The Gift of Black Folk, by W.E.B. DuBois. The Knights of Columbus commissioned and published the book nearly a century ago as part of its Racial Contributions Series.

Knights’ Office Tower at 50

Founded in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, the Knights of Columbus has expanded its presence as far as the Pacific Rim of Asia, but has always called New Haven “home.” A new exhibit, “Fashioned for the 21st Century,” celebrates the 50th anniversary of its present headquarters building, designed in modernist style by renowned architect Kevin Roche (1922-2019).

Photo: © Robert Benson

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ICONIC TOWER

Fifty years ago the Knights of Columbus headquarters building was designed by Kevin Roche to make a strong vertical statement at the entrance to New Haven from the expressway. It is, in effect, a symbolic gateway to the city. April 18, Roche's archivist, Linda Scinto will provide a brief history of the K of C tower its design and construction.

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