The Jazz Pioneer Exhibitis up and running. The Oneida BlackHistory Archive added the finishing touches to the display Thursdaymorning. The exhibit recognizes two areablack jazz musicians Evelyn ‘Skippy’ Mitchell and her husband Fred Mitchell,who were both from Utica. The couple wasat the center of the jazz scene in Utica, Rome and Syracuse from the 193s into the1970s.
Organizers say the exhibitis a way for the public to catch a glimpse of what life was like back in the 1930s.
“What we want people todo, is to geta feel for what it was like in the 30’s in the entertainment field and toreally get an understanding that jazz was a unifier between the races,”said Cassandra Harris-Lockwood, Director of the Oneida Black History Archive.
The exhibit will be upthrough the month of July at the Oneida County Historical Society. Admission is two dollars.