Amistad: Seeking Freedom in Connecticut was produced by the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places in partnership with the communities of Farmington, Hartford, New Haven and New London, Connecticut, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (formerly Connecticut Historical Commission) and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO). It was created under the direction of Carol D. Shull, Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, Patrick W. Andrus, Heritage Tourism Program Manager, and Beth L. Savage, Publications Managing Editor. Amistad: Seeking Freedom in Connecticut is based on the information in the files of the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks collections. These materials are kept at 1201 Eye St., NW, Washington, D.C., and are open to the public from 9:00am to 12:00pm, Monday through Thursday.
Les Brodacki (Principal Planner, City of Hartford) conceptualized and coordinated the development of the originail draft of this itinerary, sponsored by the Hartford Historic Properties Commission. Jeremiah Stevenson and Katie Modzelewski (Trinity College) provided substaintial assistance, and worked with the communties of Farmington, Hartford, New Haven and New London to develop the project. and coordinated by National Register web production team members included Jeff Joeckel, who designed the itinerary, Rustin Quaide and Shannon Bell (all of NCSHPO). Maps were designed by Rustin Quaide. Property descriptions were drafted by our community partners, and edited by Shannon Bell. Additional information for some of the properties was provided by Barbara Donahue, working with Cora Murray and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. Essays were drawn from a variety of sources: Amistad Story and Timeline were reprinted from John Quincy Adams & The Amistad Event, produced by Adams National Historical Park, NPS; Slave Trade was exerpted from the Underground Railroad Resources in the United States National Historic Landmarks Theme Study, also used by Shannon Bell in her compilation of materials to write Connecticut Abolitionists; and Connecticut Freedom Trail was written by Cora Murray.
Special thanks to Maya Harris, David Powell, Ken Schwartz, Peter Gillespie, Lucille Schowalter, Benjamin Martin, Richard Salews, Maria Hileman, Barry Lubin, John C. Clark III, Jonathan Clark, Abraham Davis, Carl Henry, Jr., Roberta Huber, Maurine Plettner, Theodore Tucci, Deirdre Bibby, Jeremy Barrows, Wilson Faude, Kathleen Hunter, Aaron Wartner, Barbara Alleyne, David Corrigan, John Herzan, Eugene Leach, Judith Shiff, Rev. Louise Higginbotham, Alfred Marder, Robert Egleston, Robert Forbes, Ronald Bernard, Marguerite Yung, James King, and Peter Glankoff.
Photo credits for the home page include: moving ship courtesy of Richard Salews, Niantic, CT; map and portrait of John Quincy Adams courtesy of clipart.com; middle passage image courtesy of National Park Service, Southeast Archeological Center; and mutiny aboard the Amistad credited to Barber, John W., compiler. "A History of the Amistad Captives: Being a Circumstantial Account of the Capture of the Spanish Schooner Amistad..." New Haven, Ct.: E.L. & J.W. Barber, 1840. African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, Library of Congress; photo of the new Amistad courtesy of Chad Lyons, www.AmistadAmerica.org; State Library and Supreme Court Building courtesy of the Museum of Connecticut History; Supreme Court Decision is courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Supreme Court of the United States, RG 267; composite image of Cinque is by James or Isaac Sheffield. New York: Moses Y. Beach, 1839. Lithograph. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-12960 (1-26) Library of Congress.
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