Connecticut State Library Event
JUNE 9 2023 – 10 AM – 12 PM
Walking Historic tour of Hartford Connecticut
Focusing on African American History
Join the Museum of Connecticut History and the Connecticut State Library on a historical stroll through Downtown Hartford on Friday, June 9, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Hartford’s Black history begins during the early colonial times of Connecticut.
Discover and be inspired by the legacy as Curator Patrick Smith and Outreach Librarian Robert Kinney lead a walking tour of historic Hartford that highlights the African-American story in our capital city.
We’ll learn about the Amistad Trial, the visits of Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., the abolition movement in Hartford, the role of colonial Black Governors, the construction of the Bulkeley Bridge, the modern civil rights movement and much more as we visit sites throughout Downtown Hartford.
Our hike will take about two hours moving at a somewhat leisurely pace, and we encourage you to ask questions or chime in with any Hartford memories. The tour will begin at Connecticut’s Old State House and will finish at the Connecticut State Library/Museum of Connecticut History/State Supreme Court building on Capitol Avenue. Street parking is available near Bushnell Park, which is a central location for our hike. Other options for parking include lots and garages in the area. Links to Hartford parking information are here:
portal.ct.gov//media/DEEP/site_clean_up/remediation_roundtable/ParkinginHartfordpdf.pdf and here: hartfordparking.com/.
Admission is free, but space is limited, so please reserve a spot by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert W. Kinney |Outreach Services Librarian
Robert.Kinney@ct.gov| Office: (860) 757-6668
www.ctstatelibrary.org | 231 Capitol Ave. Hartford CT 06106