Did you know that the first Black church in Hartford and the first school for Black children once stood next door to our college? On the corner of Talcott and Market Streets stood what is perhaps the most important site for Black community history in Hartford. Capital Community College, through the HHP and with the financial support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is launching a project to create a permanent exhibition and course curriculum to bring this remarkable history into our lived experience at the college (read more here).
A team of students from Capital and Trinity College created this website through the Liberal Arts Action Lab to tell the story of the church.
Enter a site devoted to research about and remembrance of colonial Hartford’s least visible population: the Native, African, and African-American people who lived, worked and died here. The Ancient Burying Ground is Hartford’s oldest historic site and the only one remaining from the seventeenth century. 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.
Visit “Uncovering their History,” a project of the Ancient Burying Ground Association here.