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Ensign Merle J. Smith, Jr.

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

June 8, 2018

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

Civil Rights picket, US Courthouse, Hartford

“U.S. Troops in Viet Nam, but none in Selma” – Today in History: March 9

March 9, 2018

On March 9, 1965, protesters held an all-night vigil in front of Connecticut Governor John Dempsey’s residence. Representatives of Hartford’s... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Postwar United States, Social Movements, Vietnam War

Portrait detail of Frederick Douglass

“An Admirable Portrait” of Frederick Douglass

February 3, 2018

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

Segregation Picket line-Noah Webster School, Hartford

Black History Month Resources

February 1, 2018

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Social Movements, Women

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

Anna Louise James Makes History with Medicine

January 19, 2018

Anna Louise James was born on January 19, 1886, in Hartford. The daughter of a Virginia plantation slave who escaped... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, Everyday Life, Health and Medicine, Old Saybrook, Women

Ellis Ruley: Art that Celebrated Life

January 5, 2018

Ellis Ruley, the son of a slave who escaped to Norwich, rose to prominence as an artist, but prosperity and racial tensions created resentment among members of the local population. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Norwich, Slavery and Abolition

Freedom to the Slave

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

January 3, 2018

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

Video – Martha Minerva Franklin Tribute Film

March 14, 2017

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

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

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