"FREE THE NEW HAVEN PANTHERS": The New Haven Nine, Yale, and the May Day 1970 Protests That Brought Them Together
“FREE THE NEW HAVEN PANTHERS”: The New Haven Nine, Yale, and the May Day 1970 Protests That Brought Them Together was curated by Kathryn Schmechel ‘21 for the Senior Exhibit Project at Yale University Library, 2021.
“This exhibit builds on a Department of History senior essay and highlights materials from the Manuscripts & Archives May Day Rally and Yale Collection, among other Yale archives. The exhibit serves as an attempt to grapple with just a small selection of critical archival holdings at Yale, in order to give some sense of what the Black Power movement involved, what May Day constituted, and what happened after the arrest of those known as the “New Haven Nine.” Fifty-one years later, the events surrounding May Day 1970 still feel relevant, especially in the aftermath of last summer’s global protests for racial justice after the horrific murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black Americans. Much work remains to be done, but I hope that looking at the May Day Rally in a new light can be a part of this critical work.”