At New Haven Museum, Tale Of Amistad Captive

Margu was just 9 years old when she was sold into captivity, marched 80 miles to the West African coast, held in the notorious Dunbomo slave pens on Lomboko Island, then shipped to Cuba. In 1839, she was one of four children among the 53 captives aboard the schooner Amistad, headed toward a life of […]

Region commemorates Juneteenth

The Day –  June 12. 2021  New London — Speaking at the Juneteenth Festival at the Hempsted Houses, New London City Council President and keynote speaker Efraín Dominguez reflected on the history of slavery and said it’s important to acknowledge the past, learn from it and make sure it does not happen anymore. Juneteenth marks the day […]

Ahead Of Juneteenth, Reflecting On Connecticut’s Often-Ignored History Of Slavery

Juneteenth is a holiday that marks the day that slavery finally ended in Texas–two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This hour, we learn more about Juneteenth and how the holiday came to be commemorated nationwide. The Amistad Center will explain why this day is still relevant today. Many people think of American slavery as a […]

‘We’ve got to know our history’: Juneteenth returns to Hempsted Houses

New London — When Joseph McGill visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and stood in the same rooms where the wartime diarist’s family hid from the Nazis, he learned a powerful lesson in storytelling. “Having a sign that says, ‘Here once stood,’ that’s OK,” McGill said at the Hempsted Houses on Saturday. “But the space is important. Knowing that […]