Learn the history

Region - posted Dec, 19 2013

REGION- Please join The Chatham Historical Society and local historian Kevin J. Tulimieri on Jan. 7, for an illustrated tour of the life of Venture Smith (ca.1730-1805). The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 52 Middle Haddam Road (Route 151), Middle Haddam. Born in Africa the son of a King, Venture Smith was captured and sold as a slave in 1739. Purchased by Robinson Mumford of Rhode Island, Venture would purchase his own freedom, as well as that of his wife and two sons, after decades of struggle and hardships. Venture eventually established a thriving shipping business on the Connecticut River and a 100 acre farm on Haddam Neck. His story is full of tears and triumph, illuminated by the biography he dictated in 1798 and the numerous recent discoveries documented in “Venture Smith, The Business of Slavery and Freedom," edited by James Stuart. Tulimieri contributed an essay on Venture Smith’s gravestone to this groundbreaking work and is currently a researcher and antiques dealer with Nathan Liverant and Son, LLC. in Colchester, CT. Directions: Go to the intersection of Rts. 66 & 151 in Cobalt. Go south on Rt. 151 towards Moodus and drive .5 mile. The church is on the left. Parking is limited so on the right, High Point Drive. For more information contact Marty Podskoch at 860-267-2442.

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