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Portrait of Edward Alexander Bouchet, Yale College class of 1874, the first African-American to graduate from Yale College -  Yale University Manuscripts & Archives Digital Images Database

Edward Alexander Bouchet: The First African American to Earn a PhD from an American University

February 10, 2016

Edward Alexander Bouchet was a physicist who was among Yale's first African American students, and reportedly became the first African American in the United States to earn a PhD. …[more]

Categories: Education, New Haven, Science, Social Movements

Female students and their chaperones from Virginia, Hartman Tobacco’s Camp Buckland, Manchester, 1950 - Dawn Byron Hutchins

Laboring in the Shade

February 9, 2016

Thousands of black Southern students, including a young Martin Luther King Jr., came north to work in Connecticut's tobacco fields. …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Connecticut History Day 2016, Everyday Life, Granby, Immigration, Simsbury, Social Movements, Windsor, Women, Work

Plan of the City of New Haven

The Successes and Struggles of New Haven Entrepreneur William Lanson

February 8, 2016

The life of this savvy businessman illustrates the possibilities—and limits—urban Connecticut presented to African Americans in the early 1800s. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, New Haven


Video – Martha Minerva Franklin Tribute Film

February 8, 2016

The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Milford native Martha Minerva Franklin, a pioneer in the struggle for black equality in the early 1900s.  …[more]

Categories: Health and Medicine, New Milford, Social Movements, Women, Work

Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses, Bridgeport, photograph ca. 1998

Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses

February 7, 2016

Houses owned by Mary and Eliza Freeman are the only remnants of "Little Liberia," a settlement of free African Americans in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that began in 1831 and reached its highest population just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War.  …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Civil War, Derby, Historic Preservation, Women

Anna Lousie James behind the soda fountain in the James' pharmacy

Anna Louise James Makes History with Medicine

February 6, 2016

Anna Louise James was born on January 19, 1886, in Hartford. The daughter of a Virginia plantation slave who escaped to Connecticut, she grew up in Old Saybrook. Dedicating her …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Health and Medicine, Old Saybrook, Women

Detail view of the 29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers

29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Fought More than One War

February 5, 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, War and Defense

Transcript of a letter by James Pennington to his parents and siblings, 1844 from The Fugitive Blacksmith or, Events in the History of James W.C. Pennington

Reverend James Pennington: A Voice for Freedom

February 3, 2016

Having escaped from slavery in Maryland, this accomplished pastor, publisher, and freedom fighter challenged racism wherever he found it, even within the ranks of the abolitionist movement and the ministry. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Civil War, Slavery and Abolition

Valley Forge, 1777

A Connecticut Slave in George Washington’s Army

February 2, 2016

Nero Hawley, born into slavery in Connecticut in the 18th century, fought in the Revolutionary War. After his emancipation at the age of 41, he went on to become a …[more]

Categories: Revolutionary War, Slavery and Abolition, Stratford, Trumbull, Work

Martin Luther King

Dr. King’s Dream Had Roots in Connecticut

January 18, 2016

In the summer of 1944 a young Martin Luther King Jr. worked at the Simsbury tobacco farm of Cullman Brothers, Inc. Like many other African American students from the South …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Simsbury, Social Movements, Work

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