Project aims to tell stories of African Americans, Natives buried anonymously in historic cemetery
The graves of hundreds of African Americans and Native Americans lie in downtown Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground, but without headstones they remain invisible. Excluded from official records or referred to only by race, their stories remain as hidden as their graves.
Four centuries after enslaved people were first brought to America, a new project organized by the Ancient Burying Ground Association investigates hundreds of these untold stories. “Uncovering Their History” shares the stories of colonists of color: An enslaved couple given away as a wedding present, black men who joined the Continental Navy in hopes of obtaining their freedom, native Americans doctors and servants.