By Emilia Otte in the CT Examiner on June 2,
OLD LYME — A slave named Cornelia was bought in New London for 80 pounds; Hagar Jeffrey ran away at the age of 38; and Prince Griswold Crosley, a soldier and mariner who played the fiddle, served in the American Revolution in exchange for his freedom.
These enslaved people, and five others, now have plaques honoring them in a grassy triangle in the Black Hall section of Old Lyme, thanks to the town’s chapter of the Witness Stones Project. The eight, who were all owned by members of the Griswold family, labored in the town during the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue reading.