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


Cover image: Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends,
Letters from Rebecca Primus of Royal Oak, Maryland,
and Addie Brown of Hartford, Connecticut

Rebecca Primus was a member of Talcott Street Church, Teacher, and School Founder.

A member of the Talcott Street Church, Primus may have also been a teacher at the Black School located in its basement before she left for Maryland to found a school for newly emancipated blacks following the Civil War.

Born in 1836, Primus was the oldest of four children in an economically secure Hartford family.

The Primus’ were socially prominent and active in the small black community and in Talcott Street Church. She married in 1872 and passed away February 21, 1932.