Commemorating Colonial Slavery

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The Suffield Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 7PM in the auditorium of the Kent Memorial Library. Bill Sullivan’s American Studies students from Suffield Academy will present their discoveries about public history, which they conducted this winter to support the town’s 350th anniversary. 

The students will also share what they learned about Titus Kent (1733-1813), an African American slave from Suffield who served in several Connecticut regiments of the Continental Army from 1775-1783. These Suffield Academy students will partner later this spring with members of the fifth-grade class at McAlister Intermediate School to install a Witness Stone in Suffield. Dennis Culliton, Chair and co-founder of the Witness Stones Project, will facilitate curriculum that will instruct our students on how best to bear witness to the history and honor the humanity as well as the contributions of the enslaved individuals who helped build our Connecticut communities. Dennis Culliton will also present in this evening program about the evolution of the Witness Stones Project in Guildford as well as the proliferation of this public history in other Connecticut towns, such as, Madison, West Hartford and Greenwich. 

The meeting is open to the public, and newcomers are most welcome. Please email Bill Sullivan with any questions regarding this program: 

Come out and learn newly discovered history about our town’s colonial past. 

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