African American Freedom Trail
This trail of numerous sites, 82 at present, across the state is associated with the heritage and movement towards freedom of Connecticut's African American citizens. Included on the trail are sites associated with the Amistad case of 1839-1842 (subject of a steven Spielberg/Dream Works feature film); buildings reportedly part of the Underground Railroad; and gravesites, monuments, homes and other structures that represent the concept of freedom.
Sites on the Trail include the Amistad Memorial, New Haven; Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford; Joshua Hempsted House, New London; Mystic Seaport, where the freedom schooner Amistad is under construction through 1999; and Prudence Crandell House, Canterbury, New England's first school for African-American women.
Another site, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford houses the Amistad Foundation's African American Collection of over 6,000 art objects, posters, broadsides, photos, books and memorabilia that evidence the many contributions of African-Americans to American culture. The Fleet Gallery of African-American Art further illuminates the role of African-American artists in American art and culture.
Free brochures with Freedom Trail routes and history are available from the Connecticut Historical Commission/860-566-3005. Auto Tour Tapes, a set of four cassettes, are available from the Amistad Committee, P.O. Box 2936, New Haven CT 06515/203-387-0370; $19.95 plus $4.50 shipping, six percent tax.