Farmington in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Farmington and the Freedom Trail
Known in the 1800’s as “the hub” of Connecticut’s Underground Railroad, Farmington was home to an active group of prominent and outspoken abolitionists, several of whom were involved in state, national and international anti-slavery movements. Three of these abolitionists participated in the Amistad case and brought the Mendi Africans here in 1841 after the courts declared them free. The Africans lived, studied and worked as free citizens in Farmington for eight months while money was raised for their return to Africa. Most of the buildings associated with the Amistad and the Underground Railroad remain, among them the First Church of Christ, the Samuel Deming House, the Horace Cowles House, the Noah Porter House, and the Austin Williams House, all on Main Street, and the Deming Store on Mill Lane. Foone, the African who died here, is buried in Riverside Cemetery on Garden Street.
Erected by Connecticut African American Freedom Trail.
Location. 41° 43.283′ N, 72° 49.8′ W. Marker is in Farmington, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Connecticut Route 10) and School Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farmington (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pitkin's Basin (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); "American Board" (approx. ¼ mile away); American Board of Commissioners For Foreign Missions (approx. ¼ mile away); Rochambeau Route 1781-82 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Legend of Will Warren’s Den (approx. 1.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Unionville Feeder Canal (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmington.
Also see . . .
1. Freedom Trail in Connecticut map. (Submitted on July 20, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. Freedom Trail sites in Farmington. (Submitted on July 20, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
3. Walking tours in Farmington. (Submitted on July 20, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
4. Cinque. (Submitted on July 20, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
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