Thursday, February 24, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Strength, Resilience and Accomplishment … Celebrating Black Heritage on the Thames
New London’s Black Heritage Trail celebrates three centuries of Black strength, resilience, and accomplishment. Some of the trail’s fifteen sites explore nationally known people or incidents. Others honor people who have been nearly forgotten. Nearly all describe the determination with which New London’s Black community overcame obstacles through personal courage and by founding institutions to meet its social, political, economic and spiritual needs. Together, the sites tell a story about Black life in New London while tying into larger stories about enslavement, the Great Migration and the struggle for civil rights. Nicole Thomas, director of the Hempsted Houses / CT Landmarks, will introduce New London’s new Black Heritage Trail and discuss the complex and, until recently, the practically buried history of enslaved and free Black citizens in the area.