Dr. Nancy Steenburg, professor of history at UConn Avery Point and president of the New London County Historical Society will speak about the life of Venture Smith.
Born to a tribal king in Africa, Venture Smith was sold into slavery and sailed to Rhode Island. He then moved to Stonington, where he lived from 1754 to 1774. During this time he became a landowner, and purchased freedom for himself, his wife and three children. He died a respected member of the community of Haddam Neck, and his narrative remains a unique record of early slavery in Connecticut.
This program is jointly sponsored by the Friends of the Ledyard Libraries and the Ledyard Historical Society.