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Sweet New Exhibit In Philadelphia Focuses On Sugar Trade

Ryan Berley, guest curator at the sugar exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum, which kicks off Friday. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Ryan Berley, guest curator at the sugar exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum, which kicks off Friday. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

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By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum kicks off on Friday.

“Oh, Sugar!” focuses on the sugar trade in Philadelphia

Guest co-curator Ryan Berley of Franklin Fountain says in the early days of America, sugar was expensive and mostly reserved for the rich:

“This is a story about the history of sugar from cane to candy — so we’re talking about sugar cane being imported into Philadelphia in the 18th century.”

But he says with the wealth and beauty of candy, there was also a bleak history:

“Most of the sugar was from the West Indies, Caribbean, up until the mid-nineteenth century it was slave labor used to cultivate the sugar and so we are telling that story. There’s certainly a dark side.”

Listen to the full interview with Ryan Berley (runs 8:57)…

Berley adds with the industrial revolution, candy became cheaper and more accessable.

The exhibit runs from August 16th through February 16th.

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