Black & Native Heritage Talcott St. Church Timeline
Rev. James Pennington The Amistad Trial
The Underground Railroad Augustus Washington
James Mars Rebecca Primus
The Eastons Ann Plato
John Hooker What’s Next


The Amistad story began in February 1839 when Portuguese slave hunters abducted hundreds of Africans.

Several days into the journey, one of the kidnapped Africans managed to unshackle himself and others, and went on to kill the ship’s cook and Spanish captain.

The Africans ordered the steering of the ship eastward back to Africa, but the Spanish men privately changed direction and the Amistad sailed to the east coast of the United States.

On August 26, the Amistad was seized by the U.S Brig Washington in Long Island, New York.

All were taken to New London, CT. When the trial broke the news, James W.C Pennington was the head pastor.

Together, Pennington and the Talcott Street Church assisted the Africans on trial.