7 South St,, Litchfield, CT Phone: (860) 567-4501.
The Litchfield Historical Society welcomes editor Elizabeth Normen on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. to discuss the new book African American Connecticut Explored. This compilation of essays, written by many of Connecticut’s leading historians, examines the history of African Americans in the state. The book covers a broad scope of topics, beginning with the early years of colonization through the twentieth century. Notable topics highlighted in the book include the Amistad trial, the Civil War’s 29th Regiment of Colored Volunteers, and the Black Panthers. Connecticut’s Black Governors, abolitionists, and local residents of national prominence, such as Jackie Robinson, Marion Anderson, and Ann Petry are also discussed. Pioneers in business, community leadership, and education who made vital contributions to the African American community and state are recognized as well. This lecture is free for members and $5 for non-members; registration is required. To register, please call (860) 567-4501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.