Central Connecticut State University Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with “Caribbean Roots” Panel

NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut (WTNH) – Central Connecticut State University is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday by hosting a panel to discuss the “Caribbean Roots” mural.

The Latin American, Latin American and Caribbean Center and the Center Africana of CCSU will host a discussion on CCSU alumni, teacher and artist Jorge Morales and his “Caribbean Roots” mural. The CCSU said the panel of scholars will provide insight into the background to the mural and related history.

Morales is a Puerto Rican painter and professor at the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce. He received an MSED in Arts Education from CCSU and a BA in Arts and Humanities from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

The roundtable will take place in the alumni room and online from 9:25 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Morales painted the mural in 1995 for the Latin American, Latin and Caribbean Center when it was new. A graduate at the time, Morales was invited to paint a scene that celebrates the Caribbean and welcomes students and audiences to the university.

In the mural, Morales incorporated images that recreate scenes from Caribbean open-air markets, celebrations such as Carnival, and the Day of the Three Kings. The mural also tells the story of sugar production, slavery, liberation and freedom.

Morales also pays homage to historical figures such as Samuel “Daddy” Sharpe, Jose Marti, Pedro Albizu Campos and Eugenio Maia de Hostos.

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