Ridgefield 8th Graders Uncover the Stories of Two People Enslaved by One of Town’s Founding Families

Ridgefield eighth graders’ research into the stories of two former enslaved residents culminated with a Witness Stones installation ceremony at the Ridgefield Historical Society on Nov. 15. Photo: Annie Tucci

In the Ridgefield Press by Kaitlyn Lyle on November 21, 2022

RIDGEFIELD — Local eighth graders worked to unearth and honor the stories of two former residents who were enslaved by one of Ridgefield’s founding families.

This project was incorporated into the Colonial Era unit of the eighth grade social studies curriculum at East Ridge and Scotts Ridge middle schools. Eighth graders worked with Ridgefield Historical Society and the Witness Stones Project — an organization that works with schools and community groups to “restore the history and honor the humanity” of enslaved individuals in Connecticut — to tell the story of two enslaved individuals held in captivity at the David Scott House. Continue reading.