In celebration of Haitian Heritage Month in May and Caribbean Heritage Month in June, this exhibit features materials from the Vivian D. and John H. Hewitt Collection showcasing Haitian culture, art and sculptures, and exhibition catalogs. In mid-20th century Manhattan, New York, art collectors Vivian and John Hewitt built a personal collection of Haitian and African American art. The Hewitts frequently travelled to Haiti, met artists and attended art auctions. Vivian Hewitt donated a collection of fourteen Haitian art pieces, as well as books and art exhibition catalogs to the African American Research Library and Cultural Center Special Collections.
IMAGE CREDIT: Gregroire, Alexandre, 1922-2001, artist. Three Indians. Oil on masonite, 1961.
About the African American Research Library and Cultural Center
The Broward County African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is located in the Sistrunk community, one of the oldest historically Black communities named for one of Fort Lauderdale’s first Black physicians. Opening to the public on October 26, 2002, AARLCC became the third public library of its kind in the United States dedicated to the study of Black history and culture. The 60,000 square-foot Center serves as a repository of materials related to the local, national, and international voices of the African diaspora with more than 85,000 books, manuscripts, artifacts, framed art, print, photography, audiovisual, and documents held in our Adult Services Section and Special Collections. The Youth Services Section features a special collection of Coretta Scott King Award books and the Ashley Bryan Art Collection from illustrators of African Descent. AARLCC also features a 5,000 sq. ft. museum, a 300-seat state-of-the-art theatre, and a Computer Training Center.