Quinnipiac University established the museum nine years ago and closed it in August.
HAMDEN, Connecticut – Community members gathered in Hamden on Saturday, rallying to save Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum.
Community members gathered outside the building on Whitney Avenue in what organizers called a tribute to the museum that included live music, street arts and family activities.
The Quinnipiac University museum closed its doors for good in August after nine years of focusing on the impacts of the Irish famine from 1845 to 1852. During “The Great Hunger”, approximately 1 million people died. Between 1845 and 1855 no less than 2.1 million people left Ireland, an unprecedented exodus from a single island.
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Turlough McConnell, President and CEO of Ireland in America, said: “It not only tells this story through art, scholarship and artists and artists of all kinds, but it really tells the other aside from this story of how these refugees 150 years ago became Americans, became American citizens, and are now in a position of great strength and privilege in America, so it is our responsibility to let others know. . “
Organizers hope to overturn Quinnipiac University’s decision to close the museum. But if it doesn’t reopen, they want to make sure the collection stays intact and isn’t sold for profit. The office’s attorney general, William Tong, told FOX61 they were looking into the case.
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