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Ensign Merle J. Smith, Jr.

Academy Graduates First African American Student – Today in History: June 8

June 8, 2016

On June 8, 1966, the US Coast Guard Academy in New London graduated the first African American student, Ensign Merle James Smith, Jr. Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree …[more]

Categories: Education, New London

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X waiting for press conference, March 26, 1964. Photographer Marion S. Trikosko - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Malcolm X in Hartford: “Our Mission is Not Violence but Freedom”

June 5, 2016

In addition to helping found Nation of Islam Temple No. 14 in Hartford, Malcolm X spent considerable time in Connecticut rallying supporters to his cause. …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Social Movements

Mrs. Constance Motley at a news conference with Medgar Evers and Jack Greenberg, September 28, 1962, New Orleans, Louisiana - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection

Constance Baker Motley: A Warrior for Justice

March 28, 2016

New Haven lawyer Constance Baker Motley became famous for arguing some of the most important cases of the civil rights movement. …[more]

Categories: Chester, Connecticut History Day 2017, Law, New Haven, Social Movements, Women

Anna Louise James seated, with a cat on her lap

Miss James, First Woman Pharmacist in CT Right in Old Saybrook

March 12, 2016

Remembering Anna Louise James, the first woman pharmacist in the state of Connecticut. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Everyday Life, Health and Medicine, Women

"Map of part of Western Africa" indicating the location of Sierre Leone from John Warner Barber's book A History of the Amistad Captives:..."

A Different Look at the Amistad Trial: The Teenager Who Helped Save the Mende Captives

March 9, 2016

James Benajmin Covey, a former slave, was only 14 years old when asked to serve in one of the most publicized trials in American history. …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Slavery and Abolition

Fredi Washington and her sister Isabel, 1930s

Remembering Fredi Washington: Actress, Activist, and Journalist

March 3, 2016

This actress earned acclaim for her portrayal of an African American woman who chooses to pass as white in order to escape racial discrimination but, in real life, she embraced her heritage and worked to end inequality.  …[more]

Categories: Arts, Popular Culture, Women

View of Cheney Hollow before it was flooded to form Andover Lake - Scott Yeomans

Andover Lake: A Lesson in Social Change

February 29, 2016

Constructed in the early 20th century, Andover Lake is a man-made recreation area. While residents of Andover and other nearby towns enjoy swimming and boating on the property’s 159 acres, …[more]

Categories: Andover, Law, Social Movements, Sports and Recreation

The Old State House, Hartford

Jackson v. Bulloch and the End of Slavery in Connecticut

February 24, 2016

Nancy Jackson, a Georgia-born slave living in Hartford, sued for her freedom in 1837. Her victory helped further the abolitionist cause in a state slowly moving toward outlawing slavery. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Hartford, Revolutionary War, Slavery and Abolition, Windsor

Race Restrictive Covenants in Property Deeds

Race Restrictive Covenants in Property Deeds

February 23, 2016

“No persons of any race except the white race shall use or occupy any building on any lot... ." Language such as this still appears in Hartford-area housing covenants today. …[more]

Categories: Immigration, Law, West Hartford

Marian Anderson with (on left) Governor Chester Bowles and W.C. Handy

Black History Month – Marian Anderson

February 21, 2016

She performed in concert halls where blacks could not be seated, traveled to performances in segregated Jim Crow railroad cars, and, despite it, emerged as one of the great singers of the 20th century.  …[more]

Categories: Arts, Danbury, Women

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