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Austin F. Williams Carriage House and Home

Farmington, Connecticut


The property is significant for its direct connection to the celebrated Amistad affair of 1839-41.

In the complex legal case that ensued from an African revolt on the high seas in 1839, the institution of slavery was challenged for the first time in the United States Supreme Court.

In March 1841, those Africans who had participated in the revolt were released from prison. They were housed on this site in quarters provided by Austin F. Williams, a known abolitionist. Many of the Africans on board the Amistad eventually returned, by choice, to Africa.

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