Spring 2022, an exhibit of Anna Louis James (1886-1977), and her niece, Ann Petry (1908-1997).
The Society is compiling memorabilia and stories from anyone who knew these two remarkable women and their pharmacy. “Miss James” was the first African-American woman to graduate from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in New York, the first female pharmacist in Connecticut, and the owner of the James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook. Her niece, Ann Petry, was a noted writer of novels, short stories and children’s books. Her 1946 debut novel, The Street, became the first novel by an African-American woman to sell more than a million copies.
You are invited to contact or email the Society with any items you may have, including photographs, written memories or miscellaneous memorabilia related to the pharmacy or these two notable women.