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Did you know…

The first Black church in Hartford and the first school for Black children once stood right next door to our college?

The corner of Talcott and Market Streets is one of the most important sites for Black community history in Hartford.

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the HHP is creating a permanent exhibition and course curriculum for this project.

Learn more about how we are bringing this remarkable history into our lived experience below.

A program with CT’s Old State House

Out of the Shadows: Hartford’s First Black Church & School (Apr. 22, 2021)

Project Director Dr. Jeff Partridge moderates this presentation, part of the Old State House’s lunchtime series Conversations at Connecticut Old State House.

An introduction to the historical context of Talcott Street Church with special guests: author Dr. Barbara Beeching, curator Dr. Frank Mitchell, professor Antoinette Brim-Bell, and Capital CEO Dr. Duncan Harris.


a site on the Underground Railroad was once right next door


Enter the Virtual Exhibit

Explore the Liberal Arts Action Lab Project

Located at 60 Gold Street, the First Church of Christ with the Burying Ground is the oldest church congregation in Hartford, founded in 1636 by Thomas Hooker.

From 1640 until the early 1800s, it served as Hartford’s primary graveyard.

During that period, anyone who died in town, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic background, economic status, or religious faith, was buried here.

CCC has partnered with the Ancient Burying Ground Association to preserve and promote the history of Hartford’s oldest historic landmark.

A program with the Ancient Burying Ground Association

Native American Heritage Month (Nov. 20, 2020)

A Capital campus celebration with special guests: Dr. Katherine Hermes, CCSU, Professor of History, Valerie Garlick, CCC, curator, Blackfeet Community College President Dr. Karla Bird, and Capital CEO Dr. Duncan Harris.

Visit the website of the Ancient Burying Ground Association.

Visit the site Uncovering Their History a project of the ABGA devoted to colonial Hartford’s least visible population.


"Toiling Upward" Paintings by Cora Marshall


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Stemming from CT native and painter Cora Marshall’s intrigue with jobs held by kin in her family tree – such as tobacco stemmer, coal miner, fishmonger, and grocer – this series of portraits, referred to as her “post-runaway series”, explores how folks earned a living once they were emancipated.


The Hartford Heritage Project has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Web resource, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.