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Fredi Washington and her sister Isabel, 1930s

Remembering Fredi Washington: Actress, Activist, and Journalist

February 22, 2017

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

Governor Ribicoff

Abraham Ribicoff dies – Today in History: February 22

February 22, 2017

On February 22, 1998, Abraham Ribicoff died. An American Democratic Party politician, Ribicoff served as Connecticut governor, a member of... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Abraham Ribicoff, Law, New Britain, Politics and Government

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”

February 21, 2017

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

Union Station during the Fire of February 21, 1914

Fire and Ice: A Very Bad Week in 1914

February 21, 2017

Hartford’s Union Station and Allyn Hall caught fire on two different days in February. Only one still stands today. …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Emergence of Modern America, Hartford

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

Postcard of Charles Island, Milford, CT

A Good Spot and a Healthy Place: A Short History of Charles Island

February 19, 2017

Before becoming a part of Silver Sands State Park, Milford's Charles Island served as everything from a luxury resort to the home of a fertilizer factory. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Environment, Milford, Sports and Recreation

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

February 18, 2017

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

Park Central Hotel disaster

Park Central Hotel Boiler Explosion – Today in History: February 18

February 18, 2017

In the pre-dawn hours of February 18, 1889, the Park Central Hotel in Hartford was ripped apart by a steam boiler explosion.  …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Hartford, The Industrial United States

Karen Mission Compound at Maulmain

Baptist Missionaries at Work in 19th-Century Burma

February 17, 2017

Justus Vinton was a missionary and humanitarian dedicated to spreading the Baptist religion around the world. Traveling throughout much of... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Belief, Expansion and Reform, Willington

"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

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