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Venture Smith Topic of February’s Third Thursday Monday, February 14, 2011

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Venture Smith's tombstone

Venture Smith's tombstone

Venture Smith: An African-American Narrative will be the topic of February’s third Thursday brown bag lunch talk. It will be told in words and images and will mark the launch of a new exhibit.

Chandler B. Saint, President of the Beecher House Center for the Study of Equal Rights and co-director of the Documenting Venture Smith Project, will lead a discussion of Venture Smith at the Connecticut State Library, Thursday February 17 from noon until 12:45. Mr. Saint will also discuss “Venture Smith Goes To Washington”, a newly installed exhibit at the State Library’s Museum of Connecticut History. The exhibit premiered at the United States Capitol on February 8th before coming to Hartford this week. The exhibit follows the life of Venture Smith (1729-1805) a slave who purchased his freedom and went on to become a successful businessman and property owner in Connecticut before the Revolutionary War. The exhibit will be open through the end of March during regular Museum hours. There is no admission charge.

Thursday, February 17th, 12-12:45 in the State Library/Museum of Connecticut History’s Memorial Hall (231 Capitol Ave., Hartford)

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