Intro Timeline


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.

Our online exhibit was created by Capital students Armani Parnther, Julian Hogan, and Aliyah Freeman-Johnson and Trinity College student Mercy Unoh in spring 2020 as a project for the Liberal Arts Action Lab. 

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

Upcoming & Past Events
  • Conversations at CT’s Old State House

    April 2021 (60:05 minutes)

    Project Director Dr. Jeff Partridge moderates this program, which includes historical context by author Dr. Barbara Beeching, curator Dr. Frank Mitchell, English professor Antoinette Brim-Bell, and Capital CEO Dr. Duncan Harris.


The Ancient 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, and to this day is located at 60 Gold Street, Hartford.

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

CCC encourages faculty to use the “Uncovering Their History” site in courses and to conduct class visits to the Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford’s oldest historic landmark.

Upcoming & Past Events
  • Native American Heritage Month: A program with the Ancient Burying Ground Association

(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.

Uncovering Their History is 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 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.

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