Hidden History: Slavery, Racism and The Slave Trade in Colonial and Antebellum New London

Thursday, March 26, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Did you know that New London once had the highest percentage of slaves anywhere in New England and that Connecticut was the last New England state to abolish slavery? Join us as we learn how slavery impacted our region in this powerful discussion on the hidden history many of us never learned in school. Our presenters are Tom Schuch, a New London native and Georgetown University graduate with a life-long interest in local history and social justice, and Mary Sherman Lycan, a Connecticut native and historian who researched the life of Ichabod Pease (1755-1842), a New Londoner who was a former slave and teacher. This lecture is held in conjunction with our current exhibit, Stories of Resilience: Encountering Racism ( on view through April 11).

Reception: 5:30 PM
Lecture: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

To be ensured a seat, please RSVP to 860.443.2545 ext.2129

Tom Schuch, a New London native and graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, has a longstanding interest in social justice issues. He retired after 38 years as executive director of a local residential facility for troubled adolescent males. He has an avid interest in history, particularly John Brown and the Civil War, but his area of special interest has become the unknown, hidden, forgotten or sup-pressed history of the New London area.

Mary Sherman Lycan retired to her native Connecticut in 2012 and promptly caught the history bug. She has taken undergraduate and graduate courses in history at the University of Connecticut (Avery Point and Storrs) ever since. Her primary research interest has been the economy of Connecticut girls’ and women’s labor in the early national period. A member of St. James Episcopal Church in New London, she has used her research skills to uncover aspects of the life of parishioner Ichabod Pease (1755-1842), enslaved, on the run, re-enslaved, and free.