Slavery and Abolition

This 29th (Colored) Regiment CVI state "regimental" flag was presented to the unit March 19, 1864, in Fair Haven, CT - Courtesy of the Connecticut Office of Legislative Management, from the book Qui Transtulit Sustinet by Geraldine Caughman

The 29th Leaves for War – Today in History: March 19

March 19, 2017

On March 19, 1864, as the 29th (Colored) Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry was preparing for deployment to the South to... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Slavery and Abolition, War and Defense

A return of the number of inhabitants in the State of Connecticut

Connecticut’s Black Governors

February 26, 2017

For approximately one hundred years, Connecticut's "Black Governors" were used by white authorities to help maintain order among the black population. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Hartford, Revolutionary War, Seymour, Slavery and Abolition

The Old State House, Hartford

Jackson v. Bulloch and the End of Slavery in Connecticut

February 24, 2017

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, Expansion and Reform, Hartford, Revolutionary War, Slavery and Abolition, Windsor

Little Bethel AME Church, 44 Lake Avenue, Greenwich

Site Lines: Fortresses of Faith, Agents of Change

February 19, 2017

Black churches, including the earliest ones in Connecticut, have long been at the forefront in the battle for social progress and equality. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Everyday Life, Slavery and Abolition

"The slave steps out of the slave-state, and his chains fall. A free state, with another chain, stands ready to en-slave him," from The American Anti-Slavery Almanac for 1840, Vol. I No. 5.

The Fugitive and the Hero

February 17, 2017

A runaway slave, evading the legal realities of the Fugitive Slave Law while working aboard the steamship Hero, jumped ship in East Haddam, narrowly avoiding the slave catchers that awaited him in Hartford. …[more]

Categories: Expansion and Reform, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements

A Connecticut Republican campaign ticket for Lincoln & Hamlin with a list of Presidential Electors including Chauncey F. Cleveland - Library of Congress, Rare Book And Special Collections Division

A Successful Lawyer and Politician Who Never Went to College

February 16, 2017

Chauncey Fitch Cleveland was a lawyer and politician who served the state of Connecticut, and the nation, in a variety... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Hampton, Politics and Government, Slavery and Abolition

Advertisement from The Hartford Daily Courant, October 8, 1852

Augustus Washington (1820 – 1875): African American Daguerreotypist

February 11, 2017

Though his work depicts people of different classes and cultures, ironically, no portraits of African Americans survive from his years in Hartford. …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Expansion and Reform, Hartford, Slavery and Abolition

Illustration of Hebron by John Warner Barber

Changing Sentiments on Slavery in Colonial Hebron

February 9, 2017

Residents of Hebron rescued local slaves Lowis and Cesar Peters, and their children, from South Carolina slave traders. After emancipation, the rescued family became farmers in town. …[more]

Categories: Colchester, Coventry, Everyday Life, Hebron, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Slavery and Abolition, Tolland

Detail from a map of Hayt

Ebenezer Bassett’s Historic Journey

February 7, 2017

This educator, activist, and associate of Frederick Douglass served the US as its first African American ambassador. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Derby, New Haven, Politics and Government, Slavery and Abolition

Portrait detail of Frederick Douglass

“An Admirable Portrait” of Frederick Douglass

February 3, 2017

Hartford photographer Stephen H. Waite capitalized on the public's interest in the great abolitionist. …[more]

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

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