Black Heritage Project

News: Hartford’s Black Heroes Trail

Capital Community College (950 Main St.) Honors Thirman L. Milner – Former Mayor of Hartford (Born 1933). Hartford’s Black Heroes Trail honors Hartford heroes that have made history at the local and national level. To learn more about the honorees, or where to find their respective installations, you can follow along on the interactive map.

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The Black Heritage Project centers on the history and people of the Talcott Street Church, Hartford’s first Black church and school for Black children, which was located on a site next to Capital Community College from 1826-1954.

In collaboration with nearby museums, the project develops three components under the theme of empowering students through the history of the Talcott Street Church and School:

Black Heritage curriculum development

Capital Community College offers over a dozen Black Heritage courses!

A permanent exhibition

The Nutmeg Pulpit (pictured above) supports our pedagogy and commemorates the historic site launched in September 2022.

An annual public lecture called “The Pennington Lecture” 

named after Talcott Church pastor James W.C. Pennington, this series is themed on understanding race issues through the lens of the humanities.


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The Black Heritage Project at Capital Community College is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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