Connecticut Town Votes To Make Juneteenth A Municipal Holiday

21 hours ago
Manchester, Connecticut, Town Hall
Kenneth C. Zirkel

The town of Manchester, Connecticut, has made Juneteenth an official town holiday.

Slavery On Long Island: The History That We Forget To Remember

Jul 8, 2020
Brianne Ledda / WSHU

The arrival of the first enslaved people in Suffolk County in 1654 marks only the beginning of a long, often intentionally ignored, chapter in Long Island history. 

Courtesy of John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice has created New York’s first database of slavery records. The online index is free to use and lets people access documents dating back to 1525.

Courtesy of Gibbs Smith Education

A social studies textbook was pulled from public schools in Norwalk and drew attention from the United Nations because it said slaves in Connecticut were well-treated. The U.N. said the book, “The Connecticut Adventure,” distorted the true nature of slavery.

WSHU’s Davis Dunavin recently spoke to Tom Thurston of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale to find out what textbooks still get wrong about slavery’s history in the North.

Petition Asks Yale To Rename Calhoun College

Jul 2, 2015
(AP Photo/Bob Child)

In New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University students are asking the administration to change the name of one of the school’s 12 residential colleges.

Calhoun College is named after John C. Calhoun, the seventh Vice President of the United States and a U.S. Senator. Calhoun graduated from Yale in 1804 before he eventually went on to public office, where he defended the institution of slavery as a “positive good.”