“Back to Africa: A photographic return to Peace Corps Sierra Leone 1968-70” is on display July 2-August 31.
On July 4, 1968, Chad Finer and his wife Susan, got on a World Airways charter with 150 fellow Peace Corps volunteers and headed off for two years to Sierra Leone. After six weeks of training, they received their assignment – teaching in a newly established girl’s secondary school in the town of Kenema.
Preserving these photographs (all of which are 48-50 years old) has become a passion for Chad. He scans and “repairs” what he can. In his own words, “These folks were our neighbors, our friends, and folks we met in our daily travels. Many of the activities that I documented were events that I found fascinating and news, and when my neighbors discovered by interest in photography they became willing participants – many folks would show up our house to have their picture taken. I had a small and primitive darkroom set up to give them their portraits in return.”
The exhibit will be at the Norwich Public Library until August 31, 2018, and is free and open to the public.