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2/24/2023 - History Talk: Were There Slaves in Southbury?

We have been led to believe that slavery was only found on the cotton plantations in the Southern states. Is it possible that slavery was also in Connecticut? Or even Southbury? Join us as, Melinda Elliott explores Southbury's forgotten population.

Melinda K. Elliott is the President of the Southbury Historical Society. She enjoys historical research and sharing her latest finds through the historical society newsletter, brochures, panel displays, blogs, two books on local history, and one children's book. Melinda and her husband have three children, all living nearby, and seven grandchildren to spoil. They enjoy road trips and are always on the lookout for old grist mills, covered bridges, and one-room schoolhouses.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this event is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Registration is required. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. For more information about this program, please email Rebecca at or call the reference desk at 203-262-0626 ext. 130.


Event: History Talk: Were There Slaves in Southbury?
Event Date: 2/24/2023
Event Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Admission Fee: Free
Registration Instructions:
Event Organizers/Contact: Southbury Public Library | 203-262-0626 ext. 130 | 350th Anniversary Steering Committee |
Event Location: Southbury Public Library, 100 Poverty Road, Southbury, CT 06488


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The Town of Southbury is holding events and activities all year long to celebrate 350 years of community, culture and history (1673-2023), aimed at highlighting the past and progress of the one and only Southbury.

The 350th Anniversary Steering Committee consists of John Dwyer and Kevin Bielmeier (co-chairs), Brian Jones (vice-chair), Justin Bette, Lynn Dwyer, Melinda Elliott, Michael Ganem, Kara Kenney, Mary Korsu, and Gosia Liedlich.