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.