Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

In the late 1700s, an African-American captive named Fortune was enslaved by Dr. Preserved Porter, a bonesetter in Waterbury, Connecticut. Fortune died under mysterious circumstances at about age 60 and Dr. Porter prepared his skeleton to use as a teaching tool.

In this Creative Dialogue, four panelists bring multiple perspectives to a discussion of Fortune's life and legacy.

Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, composer and curator of the Fortune's Bones Project
Dr. Marilyn Nelson, poet
Dr. Warren Perry, Central Connecticut State University
Marie Galbraith, Mattatuck Museum
Kojo Nnamdi, moderator

Learn more about our Fortune's Bones project:

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