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The story of Northern slavery in the United States has been locked away, erased. We didn't learn it in history class. But it happened. Slavery existed in towns across early Connecticut. Now stories of the enslaved are being uncovered and reclaimed. Connecticut Public explores this hidden history in a special series of stories, featuring historians, experts and descendants of the enslaved.

Enslaved people helped build the foundation of CT. Get to know the lives they lived.
A family learns that their ancestors were enslaved in Connecticut.
Venture Smith wrote the earliest published narrative of slavery in the Americas.
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Slavery existed across colonial Connecticut, contrasting with America’s sanitized history.
Sawney Freeman's life is brought to light and his music is performed and recorded.
As CT learns about its ties to slavery, efforts are underway to ensure stories live on.
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