Partners & Sponsors

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Liberty Bank Logo The Pennington Lecture Reception is made possible by the generous support of Liberty Bank.


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The Pennington Lecture has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

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The Hartford Heritage Project and the Pennington Lecture are supported in part by Capital Community College Foundation.

Capital Community College Foundation (CCCF), established in 1985 to support Hartford’s two-year public college “in all its endeavors”, serves a key role in creating college access and helping CCC provide a quality, affordable post-secondary education to residents of Greater Hartford.

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The Panel Discussion and Lecture on the Life of James Pennington were made possible by a grant from CT Humanities.

Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting


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The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is your place to connect with amazing art in the heart of Connecticut. A source of local pride and celebrated internationally, the Wadsworth is home to a collection of nearly 50,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years—encompassing European art from antiquity to contemporary as well as American art from the 1600s through today. The oldest continuously-operating public art museum in the United States, our castle doors have been open to the public since 1844. Find us at 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT.

In 1987, a handful of visionaries that included Trustees and staff of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, joined forces with independent foundations, corporations and the State of Connecticut and formed The Amistad Foundation in order to purchase, protect and provide public access to the Randolph Linsly Simpson Collection then housed in the collector’s farmhouse in Northford, Connecticut.

This extraordinary collection, which now consists of 7,000 works of art, artifacts and archives, documents more than 300 years of the artistic, literary, military, enslaved and free life of Blacks in America–truly a treasure and a rich resource of immense educational value and testimony to America’s diverse and dynamic culture.

In addition to collection care and development, The Amistad Foundation was intended to take on the broader tasks of preserving and interpreting African American culture and history and correcting the misrepresentation and under-representation of this important aspect of our country’s evolution.

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Faith Church is the oldest Black Church in the city of Hartford. In our 203rd year this year, the church is still a vibrant community of believers. We hold a high level of trust and witness to God’s grace in the midst of human life. As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, (Southern New England Conference) we are devoted to making disciples for Christ. Faith Church is a historic, justice-minded local church, too, having participated in the nation’s first civil rights case, (the Amistad trial) where the captives on the ship La Amistad were eventually set free. Faith Church raised significant dollars for the captive’s defense. The first school for “Colored Children” in Hartford was started here as well. We are a caring community through the empowering and liberating Word of God revealed and lived through Jesus Christ.

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