Pequot Library: Tetreau Turns Pages of History

Before a group of more than 25 people, on Friday, Feb. 20, First Selectman Michael Tetreau held the rare and antique book, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, published in 1773, and signed by the author Phillis Wheatley is in its original binding. Phillis Wheatley is regarded as the first female Black published poet in the United States. Tetreau then read a poem from Countee Cullen’s 1925 book, Color. He kicked off Pequot Library’s newest exhibition of books from their Special Collections, Pages From Pequot: Connections — Black Poets & Writers American Visionaries 1700s — Present.

Three more “Page Turnings & Poetry Readings” will be held with honorary page turners to be announced Friday, March 6, March 20 and April 10, at 10:45 a.m. Enjoy a private tour of the exhibition and see the historic books up close and personal.

For more information, visit pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346, ext. 15. All classes and programs are open to everyone.

Fairfield’s First Selectman, Michael Tetreau reads from a book of poems, Color, by Countee Cullen published in 1925, at Pequot Library during their “Page Turnings & Poetry Readings” public tour of their Special Collections exhibition, Pages from Pequot: Connections — Black Poets & Writers American Visionaries 1700s — Present. Pequot’s Executive Director, Heather-Marie Montilla looks on.

Fairfield’s First Selectman, Michael Tetreau reads from a book of poems, Color, by Countee Cullen published in 1925, at Pequot Library during their “Page Turnings & Poetry Readings” public tour of their Special Collections exhibition, Pages from Pequot: Connections — Black Poets & Writers American Visionaries 1700s — Present. Pequot’s Executive Director, Heather-Marie Montilla looks on.

Fairfield’s First Selectman, Michael Tetreau reads from a book of poems, “Poems on Various subjects, Religious and Moral,” by Phillis Wheatley published in 1806, in front of a rapt audience at Pequot Library during their “Page Turnings & Poetry Readings” tour of their Special Collections exhibition.

Fairfield’s First Selectman, Michael Tetreau reads from a book of poems, “Poems on Various subjects, Religious and Moral,” by Phillis Wheatley published in 1806, in front of a rapt audience at Pequot Library during their “Page Turnings & Poetry Readings” tour of their Special Collections exhibition.

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