Piecing together someone’s life from scant documentary records is a bit like closing your eyes through a silent film and only opening them for a second every few minutes. Such is the case for the Black men of Windsor who fought in the Revolutionary War. To see more of the picture of their lives, we must fill in the blanks with what we can infer from the records, what is known about other people in similar situations, and what we can speculate might have happened.
We’re pleased to welcome two new members to our Collections Committee, Victoria Brown and Anthony Martin! Victoria Brown, who we featured in a recent article about her oral history interview, grew up in Windsor [...]
Delia “Dee” Sales Jubrey was born in 1938 to Douglas Willard Sales and Marion Scott Sales. For most of her childhood, Delia lived in a two-room home on William Street in Windsor with her parents and two older sisters, Barbara and Patricia.[...]
Victoria Brown's deep-rooted connection to Windsor and New England extends for generations. Possessing records dating back to the 1700s, Victoria is one of few fortunate Black individuals who can trace their lineage with ease.
A great way to tell the modern history of this town is to hear from its residents. This column will regularly highlight some of the interviews we have conducted during our centennial and beyond. [...]
Windsor Afro-American Civic Association Mission Statement: “The enhancement and facilitation of equal participation within all aspects of the civic, social and economic processes within the Windsor community.”
Since the Society’s two historic houses have been closed for the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff has taken this opportunity to reinterpret the Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House to more deeply reflect [...]
The service of a doctor requires skill, understanding, patience, and knowledge. To become one after being torn from your family and forced into servitude for a man you know nothing of makes the already arduous feat exceptional. In the late 18th century, after years of enslavement Dr. Primus Manumit became Windsor’s first Black doctor.
We aspire to be first in our region to center our history and culture on the lives of racially and ethnically diverse members of our community. We will do this by ensuring that our work is rooted in the history, stories and voices of all community members and that we build our core competence in diversity, equity and inclusion, aligning processes, systems, and structures with its vision.
Noted Black historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson named the second week in February “Negro History Week” in 1926. He selected this week to correspond with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, which many [...]