Sunday, January 24, 2010

Philagrafika 2010: Duke Riley at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Here's something I really want to see. I am super interested in the small islands in the Delaware river and I am especially interested in Petty's Island, also erroneously known as Scab Island. My #1 dagger, P Cronan, and my pal J Cronan worked at Petty's Island for a while and that was the first I heard of it... Petty's Island has some intense history and continues to be mysterious and dangerous for other reasons.


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Petty's Island: The Untold Story
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
February 17, 2010


Petty’s Island has a long and storied history, from its beginnings as a Native American settlement to its 17th-century use as a slave depot. The island, located in the Delaware River, also had a reputation as a dangerous place—the site of gambling, duels, and shipwrecks. Learn the story of Petty’s Island and watch the documentary Petty’s Island: A Sacred Part of America's Story, produced by the Camden City African American Commission and the South Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance as part of the Scribe Video Center's Precious Places Community History Project. From January 29 through April 11, HSP will host an exhibit created by contemporary artist Duke Riley and inspired by the history of Petty’s Island.

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