Hidden History 

This project helps students, teachers and community members shift their gaze from a New England colonial history dominated by English settlers to one informed by the institution of slavery.  

Participants engage with local primary sources to tell the stories of the enslaved and enslavers and amplify their stories through civic engagement activities. Our research uncovers throughlines and the words to address compelling questions students and teachers wrestle with today:

What is the legacy of power relationships from slavery, based on race and profit, that still exist today? And, how have these power relationships changed?

How can confronting our past help us to address questions of racial injustice today?

How can these stories reach a wider audience?

Retired Social Studies teachers from the West Hartford Public Schools,
Dr. Tracey Wilson (Town Historian) and Liz Devine will present these programs.

"We need to engage everyone in meaningful conversation about what it would take to cleanse ourselves of the legacy of slavery."

 Bryan Stevenson, 2015 MOMA Interview

For more information contact: 
Dr. Tracey Wilson, Town Historian traceymwilson@gmail.com 

Gratitude to our 2023 - 24 Sponsors and Participants