Professor Robert Pierce Forbes discussed The Three Faces of Slavery in Connecticut on April 21, 2021, at the Guilford Free Library.
Robert Pierce Forbes, author of The Missouri Compromise and its Aftermath and editor of the forthcoming Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia: An Annotated Edition talked about Connecticut’s deep connection to slavery: as a slaveholding colony and state, and more centrally, as a provisioner to the slave plantations in the West Indies and the American South. The landscape of slave-era Connecticut is still visible today, and nowhere more dramatically than in the salt marshes of Guilford. But Connecticut and Guilford also played a crucial role in the struggle to end the cruel institution—a legacy we can and should build on today.
This talk was sponsored by the local Witness Stones Project affiliate Witness to History: Slavery in Guilford. We invite you to watch the here:
Witness to History: Slavery in Guilford seeks to uncover the history of slavery in our town, examine its legacy, and share what we learn.