The Scoville Memorial Library, Noble Horizons, and the Salisbury Association present a three-week series, via Zoom, on Slavery and the Northwest Corner. Students from the Salisbury School share their research on this often unknown, erased, or forgotten history.
It will be held on Thursdays at 7:00 February 17, 24, and March 3.
In the first week, slavery in Connecticut will be explored through the themes of dehumanization, treatment of the enslaved, paternalism with a focus on the economics of slavery. The second week will focus on Joseph Mars, the brother of James Mars. James Mars was born into slavery in Canaan and later fled to Norfolk where he became a free man, an activist and an author. The students will share their investigation of Joseph Mars who may have been enslaved in Salisbury. In the final week, they will bring you into the process of documenting enslaved people through primary sources such as property, church, vital records, accounts and census data, and talk about memorializing his life with a Witness Stone.