Join The Cheshire Coalition for Change and CHS Rams Against Racism on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. for a look into a forgotten chapter of Cheshire’s long history. Cheshire resident Christine Pittsley will lead participants through the stories of the men, women, and children of African descent who were held in bondage in Cheshire. Learn about the town’s connections to the West Indies trade, how citizens embraced or rebelled against the abolition movement, and how many came to forget about this chapter of the town’s past.
Pittsley is a third-generation Cheshire resident, mother, veteran, and self-professed history geek. This passion for history led her to begin studying slavery in Connecticut more than 15 years ago. With a focus on New Haven county, she has done extensive research to document the African descendant communities of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Pittsley is currently the project director for Connecticut State Library’s WWI programs. She also has been Connecticut’s liaison to the United States World War One Centennial Commission.