Oral Histories of York’s Black Communities

In the Fall of 2018, the 7th York College Appell Arts Fellow spent time helping Ophelia Chambliss, a York artist and commissioner with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, conduct oral histories of York’s black communities. Gore reported that the project was inspiring her penchant for using her art to express big ideas. “Everyone has a different way of expressing themselves,” Gore explained. “Art can be a harsh truth, a subtle voice, a little glimmer of joy in a time of sadness, a way of breaking down communication walls. Art gives me a way of speaking without saying anything at all.”

Read more at the York College Magazine: Speaking Through Art

Join Us!

York Reflections welcomes volunteers to coordinate, study history, interview community members, be interviewed, spread the word, and seek funding for events to collect, contextualize, and commemorate the history of York’s race riots and rebellions of 1968 & 1969.

If you would like to be part of this project, drop an email to info  (@) yorkreflections (.) org  .  Or you can call Anne at 717-648-4534.