Stories of Survival
February 26 2 PM – 3
Most Connecticut residents interested in history know
the story of Prudence Crandall, Connecticut’s official
state heroine, who braved public censure to open a
school for African American girls in Canterbury
Connecticut in 1833. But how many of you know the story
of Sarah Harris, the young African-American girl whose
request for higher education spurred Prudence Crandall
to take this action?
Join us at Windsor Historical Society on Saturday, February
26 at 2 p.m. to hear gifted storyteller Gwendolyn
Quezaire-Presutti tell of 19-year-old Sarah Harris who
dreamed of opening her own school for African-American
children. At this time, white and African-American children
received free education in Connecticut’s district schools,
but higher education was not available to black students.
Sarah’s acceptance to Prudence Crandall’s boarding school
set in motion a chain of events leading to boycotts,
harassment, and attacks on the school.
Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti is an award-winning storyteller
and living history performer. She brings the history of
those she calls “invisible” people to light for audiences of
all ages. Hear this inspiring story of how Sarah Harris
surmounted prejudice and bigotry to follow her dream. The
cost for this program is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and
students, and $4 for Windsor Historical Society members.
This performance is supported in part by an Arts
Presentation Grant from The Connecticut Commission for
Culture and Tourism.