Mississippi

May 27, 2014 - 3:09pm
A ceramics graduate student's work reflects his Southern roots, travels and passions.

Andrew McIntyre is a burly guy with a long drawl, the kind of guy most people would describe as a little bearish, but his hands are as delicate as a surgeon's.

Andrew McIntyre is a potter.

Growing up in a creative home in the deep South (his grandfather was a carpenter, his father an ice sculptor, his sister a photographer), McIntyre discovered ceramics young and then, as he puts it, “just kept on throwing.”

April 9, 2010 - 6:43pm
More than 300 civil-rights activists were arrested in Jackson, Miss., in 1961 for defying segregation. Their mug shots, including Syracuse resident Rev. LeRoy Wright, were on display at the ArtRage gallery.

The Rev. LeRoy Glenn Wright was too determined to fight racism in Mississippi to be afraid of it when he boarded a bus in 1961 at age 19 to challenge racist Jim Crow laws in the state. 

“I was young. At 19 you’re young and foolish,” said Wright who has lived in Syracuse for 47 years. “You think you’re invincible. I don’t think I had any fear at that time.”

Wright, 68, was among more than 300 Freedom Riders arrested and convicted on a breach of peace charge in Jackson, Miss. for defying segregation.