The Witness Stones Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore the history and honor the humanity of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities, today announced a new affiliation with RHAM High School. The school in Hebron, Connecticut, will be using the Project’s curriculum and landscape markers to expand their teaching of the history of slavery in colonial Connecticut.
Students will examine primary source documents, such property, church, and vital records; wills and probate inventories; and census data, in order to understand the reality of slavery and to restore the memory of those individuals who were enslaved. They will learn how to document and describe the dehumanization and paternalism of slavery; the economic and legal framework that supported slavery; and, the agency, resistance, and contributions of the enslaved to our local and national history. Finally, these students will be inviting their communities to witness as they install memorial stones for individuals who were enslaved in their town.
RHAM High School is a community of students and adults working collaboratively to ensure teaching and learning take place in a safe, respectful and positive environment. It provides a rigorous comprehensive education to prepare students for post-secondary study, work and life. It provides diverse instruction designed to enable students to take responsibility for their own learning. It works with families and community members to support the personal, academic and career development of every student.