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Friday, March 20, 2015

'Connecting the Slave Trade to Connecticut Aristocracy'

Author Anne Farrow (Photo by Stephen Taylor)
The New Haven Museum will act as host for Connecticut writer Anne Farrow's talk on her newest book, “The Logbooks: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory,” published by Wesleyan University Press, according to a release
 
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 26.
 
In her research, Farrow uncovered "a direct connection between slavery and a member of one of America’s, and Connecticut’s, most famous early families," the release said.
Farrow’s "thought-provoking presentation will be followed by a signing" of her book, the release said .
 
The free lecture is sponsored by The Amistad Committee Inc.
 
"Farrow discovered that the slave-ship logs were written by Dudley Saltonstall, a descendent of aristocrats, from the highest echelons of Connecticut colonial life.  She began a deep journey into the world of the logbooks and the Atlantic slave trade, eventually travelling to Sierra Leone, where the 19th-century captives on the slaving vessel Amistad had travelled from," the release said.
 
Also in the release:
About The Amistad Committee Inc.
Established in 1988, The Amistad Committee, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. The original Amistad Committee formed to raise funds for the legal defense and return voyage of the subsequently liberated Africans who were involved in the Amistad Incident of 1839. Today, The Amistad Committee, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation and honoring of African and American history in Connecticut. The preservation of this history and its lessons are imperative and shall not be forgotten, diminished, erased or go unrecognized. "The work to be done is not to be completed in a day or a year; it will require a long time to remove the evils which slavery and habit have so deeply engraved upon the very foundation of everything." Reverend Amos G. Beeman, Middletown, Sept. 6, 1862, letter to the editor of The Weekly Anglo-African newspaper.
 
About the New Haven Museum
The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings 375 years of New Haven history to life. For more information visit www.newhavenmuseum.org or facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There wouldn't have been a slave trade, if black Africans didn't participate.

March 20, 2015 at 4:10 PM 
Anonymous Corey said...

You're soooo smart


March 20, 2015 at 4:29 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corey doesn't know that blacks sold the slaves to the white traders.

March 25, 2015 at 12:05 PM 
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