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Tunxis Monument

Photo by Brooke Martin A brown sandstone monument, erected in 1840 at Riverside Cemetery, honors the Tunxis tribe.  Inscribed on it are the lines of Hartford poet Lydia Huntley Sigourney: Chieftains …

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The Amistad Captives

From March through November 1841, Farmington was home to the African Mendi captives who had rebelled and overtaken the slave-ship, La Amistad. The 53 captives, mostly Mendi from what is now Sierra …

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Underground Railroad

Beginning in the late 1700s, many slaves sought freedom by fleeing north to “free” states and Canada. Independent groups of abolitionist sympathizers together formed a network of secret routes and …

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