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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

Civil Rights picket, US Courthouse, Hartford

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

March 9, 2017

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

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

Marian Anderson with (on left) Governor Chester Bowles and W.C. Handy

Black History Month – Marian Anderson

February 23, 2017

She performed in concert halls where blacks could not be seated, traveled to performances in segregated Jim Crow railroad cars, and, despite it, emerged as one of the great singers of the 20th century.  …[more]

Categories: Arts, Danbury, Great Depression and World War II, Social Movements, Women

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

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

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

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 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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