Witness Stones Unearth New Haven’s History Of Enslavement

Cold Spring School sixth grader Kymani Chapman. Lucy Gellman Photos.

By Lucy Gellman on Arts Council Greater New Haven on June 4, 2021

Sixth grader Kymani Chapman held a heavy cube steady in both hands, the letters on its face glinting. A name caught in the light: Stepna Primus, once enslaved by Amos Morris, Isaac Forbes and Enos Hemmingway in New Haven. Chapman steadied himself, feet spread wide as he lowered the stone into the ground. As he did, over two centuries of untold history came rushing back to a city that has tried to wipe them clean. Continue reading.

Witness Stones Will Recall Lives of Enslaved Individuals in New Haven

From the New Haven Museum

New Haven, Conn. (May 18, 2021)— Students from The Foote School will install commemorative Witness Stones Memorials recalling the lives of Pink and Stepna, two enslaved individuals who once lived in the Morris House, now known as the Pardee-Morris House, during a ceremony at the site on June 2, 2021, at 12:30 pm. The students will give presentations based on their research of Pink and Stepna. Continue reading.