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Farmington’s Freedom Trail

Returning again in Spring 2017!

Farmington’s Freedom Trail:  The Amistad Story and the Underground Railroad

LECTURE BEGINS AT 10 am

(Walking tour follows the lecture)

First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032

“Prior to the walking tour offered by the Farmington Historical Society, I attended the presentation by Kim Silva. Her passionate words, expressions, and gestures – rich in history – seemingly flowed from her heart and soul, leaving me a real feel for the Amistad survivors.”  Barbara W. – New York

2016 TOUR DATES

May 21

June 18

July 30

August 20

September 17 – Cancelled

October 15

The Farmington Historical Society offers an introductory lecture followed by a guided walking tour to the various sites throughout the village which were part of the Mendis stay in Farmington, as well as several sites which were part of the Underground Railroad. The introduction is presented by historical interpreter, Kim A. Silva, in English and American Sign Language.

Adults $5 Children $1 – Pay at the door

From March through November 1841, Farmington, Connecticut 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 Leone, had been captured and shipped to Cuba. In 1839, they were sold to work plantations on the other side of Cuba. They were shipped aboard La Amistad . While at sea, they rebelled and the 44 survivors sailed the ship to Long Island, New York. They were taken into custody aboard the USS Washington under the command of Lt. Gedney. They were jailed in New Haven, Connecticut and taken to trials in Hartford, Connecticut and Washington, DC. The trials lasted 18 months. In February 1841 their case was argued by former President John Quincy Adams before the Supreme Court. On March 9, 1841 the decision came down, declaring the Africans to be free people with permission to return to their homeland. Nine days later, they arrived in Farmington, Connecticut, where abolitionists provided housing, schooling, and the fundraising necessary for the Mendis passage back to their homeland.

For more information call FHS (860) 678-1645
Tours will be canceled in case of rain or heat advisory