The photo of the week depicts children in the “Kiddie Carnival” during the 1994 West Indian Carnival. This photograph by Dwan Reece King is part of the West Indian Carnival Documentation Project records comprised of photographs, oral histories, publications, and ephemera related to the Carnival and project. In 1994, Brooklyn Historical Society launched the West Indian Carnival Documentation project to gather personal narratives and life histories of Carnival participants. The project culminated in an exhibition at BHS. The oral histories from this collection are digitized and available at our Oral History Portal.
Angela Dublin, a member of a steel band and carnival participant, is included in the oral history collection. In her 1994 interview, she reflects on the carnival: “What Carnival means to me. Gosh, I think it’s a wide variety of things. It means colors, the wide spectrum of colors; artistically, musically. It also means development, because of such a musical instrument as the pan –also, the growth of Carnival also means growth of generations. I think the growth of generations, and I wish it also means people could see where, and understand and grow to a peaceful united, as how the colors artistically and the music has grown. That peace would be like that.”
Brooklyn Historical Society’s Flatbush + Main podcast has an episode dedicated to the West Indian Carnival. Check it out here!
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