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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

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

"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

During the city riots of July 1967, a Hartford policeman dashes up Kennedy Street toward Main Street as tear gas spreads behind him. Hartford exploded that month when black residents in North Hartford rioted against continuing discrimination, poor housing, their treatment at the hands of police, and the lack of job opportunities. Photograph by Ellery G. Kington - Hartford Times Collection, Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library

The Language of the Unheard: Racial Unrest in 20th-Century Hartford

February 13, 2017

Race riots in Hartford during the 1960s came about thanks to a century of frustration and political inaction surrounding disparate standards of living among different races and ethnicities, …[more]

Categories: Abraham Ribicoff, Connecticut History Day 2017, Hartford, Postwar United States, Social Movements

Charles Ethan Porter, Fruit: Apples, Grapes, Peaches, and Pears

Charles Ethan Porter, African American Still-life Painter

February 13, 2017

Charles Ethan Porter was a prolific still life painter in the 19th and early 20th century. Little is known about... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Arts, The Industrial United States, Vernon

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 12, 2017

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

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, Surprise

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, Derby, New Haven, Politics and Government, Slavery and Abolition

Racial Change Map displaying the Non-White Population in 1970

How Real Estate Practices Influenced the Hartford Region’s Demographic Makeup

February 3, 2017

Persistent segregation is the historic legacy of steering and blockbusting, two discriminatory tactics that played a role in shaping suburban neighborhoods.  …[more]

Categories: Bloomfield, Everyday Life, Hartford, Law

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