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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, July 11th

First hour: Discussing the future of the racist carousel panel

Second hour: Erie Canal past and future

Remember that racist panel that became a public controversy two years ago -- the panel depicting so-called "pickaninny art" on the Dentzel Carousel in Charlotte? That panel was taken down, and it's going to have a permanent home: the Rochester Museum and Science Center. The goal is to use the panel to educate the public about the various forms of racism that deny the humanity of black children. But first, the panel will be displayed at events around the community as part of educational forums. Our guests will explain:

  • Kathryn Murano, Rochester Museum and Science Center
  • Minister Clifford Florence, Central Church of Christ
  • Howard Eagle, Take It Down steering committee

How often do you use the Erie Canal? Do you visit for recreation? Do you use it to transport massive tanks for beer fermentation? Okay, maybe not the latter. But hey: it's the Erie Canal Bicentennial, which gives us a good reason to do two things. First, we'll have a frank discussion about the future of the canal -- who will use it, and how. Second, we'll explore the history. Wrapped up in this bicentennial is a series of events, which we'll also discuss. Our guests:

  • Brian Stratton, director of the NYS Canal Corporation
  • Beth Teall, chair of Cornhill Navigation
  • Scott Winner, executive director of the Fairport Perinton Partnership for a Better Community
  • Heidi McPherson, president of the College at Brockport
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.