Conversations at Noon on the Connecticut Freedom Trail: “The Amistad Affair”
February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In 1839, Connecticut’s Old State House was the site of thefirst of the famous Amistad trials. The trials grabbed international headlines,but after the US Supreme Court resolved the case in 1841, the story faded fromcollective memory. In 1997, Steven Spielberg reintroduced the dramatic Amistadincident to the world, sparking new interest among historians, educators, andthe public. Since then, new research has shed light on the story and correctedsome of the omissions and errors in the public’s knowledge.
Tammy Denease, Connecticut Freedom Trail Outreach Director,has studied the life journey of Margu, one of four children held captive on theAmistad. Tammy will share her remarkable story through a first-person recordedportrayal of Margu. Charles Warner, Jr., Chair of the CT Freedom Trail, willthen lead a discussion with Tammy and Adrienne Joy Burns, who has studied thehistory of enslavement in New Haven with a focus on the Pardee-Morris House.This program was rescheduled from March 22, 2022.