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Forces of Change: Enslaved and Free Blacks in New Canaan

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Opens March 3, 2023 @ 5 pm running through July 30, 2023

Nancy Geary will lead a guided tour of the exhibition on April 11 @ 11 am

 

This exhibition, funded by a grant from the New Canaan Community Foundation, explores the lives and history of the enslaved people who lived in Canaan Parish and New Canaan prior to Connecticut’s ban on slavery.  It also highlights the significant role that blacks have played in shaping this community and advocating for change.  From the founding of the Community Baptist Church to the success of the N.A.A.C.P. New Canaan Chapter to the Black Lives Matter march following the murder of George Floyd, the exhibition sheds light on a long-neglected part of New Canaan’s history. 

 

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT CONSTRUCTION ON THE JIM AND DEDE BARTLETT CENTER FOR NEW CANAAN HISTORY BEGINS FEBRUARY 12, 2024.
EVENTS WILL OCCUR AS SCHEDULED, BUT BECAUSE OF THE LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES IN THE MAIN BUILDING, TOURS OF THE CAMPUS AND THE PORTRAIT EXHIBITION ARE AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
PLEASE CONTACT NGEARY@NCHISTORY.ORG.

WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR RESEARCH UNTIL APRIL 30.