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Freedom to the Slave

From the State Historian: Connecticut’s Slow Steps Toward Emancipation

January 2, 2017

Slavery remained in the Land of Steady Habits until 1848, and it was not quick to advance suffrage for African Americans, either. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Noah Webster, Slavery and Abolition

Detail from the broadside an "Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly" composed by Jupiter Hammon

Hartford Publishes the First Literary Work by an African American – Who Knew?

December 25, 2016

…that Jupiter Hammon, who endured life-long enslavement became the first African American writer to be published in America when his... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Colonization and Settlement, Hartford, Literature, Who Knew?

Detail view of the 29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers

29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Fought More than One War

November 23, 2016

The state’s first African American regiment of the Civil War distinguished itself by battling Confederate forces and 19th-century prejudices. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Connecticut History Day 2017, New Haven, War and Defense

Map of the Freedom Trail Sites

Site Lines: Connecticut’s Freedom Trail

September 28, 2016

Sites along the Connecticut Freedom Trail mark key events in the quest to achieve freedom and social equality for African Americans in the state.  …[more]

Categories: Belief, Everyday Life, Exploration and Discovery, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements

Prudence Crandall

Prudence Crandall Fights for Equal Access to Education

September 9, 2016

A headmistress champions education for African American women and although forced to close her school in 1834, she helped win the battle for generations that followed.  …[more]

Categories: Canterbury, Connecticut History Day 2017, Education, Expansion and Reform, Law, Prudence Crandall, Women

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... Read more » …[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, Postwar United States, 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, Postwar United States, 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, Expansion and Reform, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Slavery and Abolition

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