Under the leadership of Kelly Bridges, a history teacher involved in the Connecticut project, ATJ is in the early stages of doing the research for the Witness Stone Project. Efforts are being made to partner with varying Florida sites where enslaved individuals lived and work.
A growing number of Connecticut towns, including Guilford, Madison, Greenwich, Suffield, and West Hartford, have worked in collaboration with the Witness Stones Project to install in their communities small plaques that commemorate individuals once enslaved. Through research, education, and civic engagement, the Project expands the understanding of local history and honors the humanity and contributions of those formerly held in bondage. Its research-based curriculum materials engage students of different age groups in history, civics, and language arts classes with inquiry-based learning. Dennis Culliton, the retired Guilford teacher who established the Witness Stones Project, modeled the effort on the Stolpersteine Project in Berlin that commemorates those persecuted by the Nazis before and during World War II. Read more about the Witness Stones Project.
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Cull Bush was an interesting man as he gained his freedom around age 21 and then went on to become a successful landowner in Greenwich. The historians at the Greenwich Historical Society believe he remained near his enslavers’ home because the mother of his children was enslaved for the rest of her life. His children gradually gained their freedom upon reaching 21 under CT’s Emancipation Act.
Stepping Stones in Speyer, Germany
Anne Frank’s House