June 29th, Discover the secrets of Fulton Fryar’s Closet
Mountain Lake Journal presents a Spotlight Special: Fulton Fryar’s Closet, this month. Guest-hosted by arts producer Paul Larson, this special tells a relatively unknown story of racial inequality in 1950s Adirondack culture, and how memories of it resurfaced recently when a building at Seagle Music Colony faced demolition.
The building housed a young singer named Fulton Fryar. He was the first African American singer to study at the colony in Schroon Lake, New York. In 1957 his sleeping quarters were kept separate from those of the other singers on the campus.
This special explores the reasons for the unequal treatment, even in a northern state, and the efforts to preserve Fryar’s sleeping quarters when the old building was about to be destroyed. Viewers will learn what role architectural experts, museum curators and concerned citizens are playing to make sure Fulton Fryar’s story will now be better known instead of completely forgotten.
For this program, Larson interviewed Artistic Director Darren Woods of Seagle Music Colony, Executive Director David Kahn of the Adirondack Experience, Executive Director Steven Engelhart of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, and Fulton Fryar himself.
This special Mountain Lake Journal airs on Mountain Lake PBS, Friday, June 29 at 8pm, with repeats on Saturday, June 30 at 7pm, and Sunday, July 1 at 5am and 10am.