Bullard exhibition of Worcester’s People of Color Opens!



Descendants and supporters of “Rediscovering and American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard,” gather at the exhibition preview, October 13, 2017.


The exhibition, “Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard,” opened at the Worcester Art Museum on October 14 and will continue through February 25, 2018.   A special preview, held for descendants, the Community Advisory Board, and other supporters occurred the day before–and we had an attendance of roughly 100 people.  Descendants converged from all over the country to view the exhibition. It was a joyous day, filled with reminiscences and family members reconnecting and in some instance, connecting for the first time. 

     The next day, the official opening of the exhibition, featured a beautiful concert by the descendants of Professor David T. Oswell, musician, composer, and teacher photographed by Bullard.  Professor Raymond Jackson, of Washington, DC– internationally-known concert pianist and great-grandson of Professor Oswell–and cousins Emma (age 14)  and Joshua (age 12) Boyd of  Madison, Alabama, great-great grandchildren of Oswell –performed a stunningly beautiful  concert in honor of their ancestor.  Those lucky enough to attend will likely never forget this emotional tribute.  Bullard’s photograph of Professor Oswell actually brought these members of the Oswell family together for the first time and they came up with the idea for this concert, which was an invaluable contribution to a very special day. 

Thanks to all who made this exhibition possible!

Prof. Jackson and Emma and Joshua Boyd, Worcester Art Museum, Oct. 14, 2017
Prof. David T. Oswell, c. 1900