7 Pine Street, Cornwall, CT Phone: 860-672-0505.
The Cornwall Historical Society launches its 2014 season with a free talk by Ryan Bachman, “Enslaved and Freed in Cornwall,” on Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m. For the past year, Mr. Bachman, an intern at the Society, has been digging up, literally and figuratively, the history of African Americans in Cornwall during the era of slavery in Connecticut. Naomi Freeman, who was born free in Vermont and adopted by the Sedgwick family of Cornwall, married Obadiah Freeman, a freed slave in 1826. Naomi purchased a house in 1828; it is at the site of this home that Mr. Bachman has been painstakingly recovering pieces of their history. His talk will be accompanied by slides of his work and items he has recovered. Refreshments will be served. Free, donations welcome.