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Art exhibit at CCC honors black history

Elysia Magazzi, granddaughter of Cornwall artist Charles Besozzi, pointed out a detail in a painting her grandfather did of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train. Selected paintings are on exhibit at the Congregational Church in Cornwall in honor of Black History Month. Photo by Leila Hawken

CORNWALL — From a collection of 40 paintings created by primitive artist Charles Besozzi (1904-1997) of Cornwall, five are displayed at an exhibit at the Congregational Church in Cornwall, a showing that opened on Saturday, Jan. 14, in honor of Black History Month.

The show was curated by the artist’s granddaughter, Elysia Magazzi, and titled “Of Slavery and President Lincoln’s Journal To End It.” It celebrates folk art as a form of storytelling. 

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