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A Sign of Freedom: Intertwined History of Amistad & the American School for the Deaf Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Posted by kabery in CSLmade, history, Museum, updates.
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CONNECTICUT STATE LIBRARY “3rd THURSDAY OF THE MONTH”BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES

Sengbe Pieh (Joseph Cinqué)Kim A. Silva will discuss interconnected history of the American School for the Deaf and the Amistad Affair, Thursday, September 20, at the State Library starting at noon in Memorial Hall. Silva, Coordinator, Amistad Tours at the Farmington Historical Society and a Board Member of the Connecticut Freedom Trail, will explore how the leader of the Amistad known as Sengbe Pieh, Joseph Cinque and the “Black Prince” drew his strength from his Mende culture, storytelling and mime and how in antebellum America how this African, who spoke no English, was able to prevail in three courts of law, and capture the interest and sympathy of the American public. Silva will also show how the history of Amistad Affair became intertwined in the history of the American School for the Deaf.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
12:00 – 12: 45
Memorial Hall

About the Speaker: Kim A. Silva is a Deaf Historian and researcher of Amistad history since 1998. Ms. Silva is Coordinator of the Amistad Tours for the Farmington Historical Society. She is an author of A Sign of Freedom (unpublished) and artist who contributed an illustration for the Amistad quilt created by the FHS for the Freedom Schooner, Amistad. She presented at Deaf History International in 2000 and shared the oral history from Curator Emeritus, David Halberg about the many links between the founders of the American School for the Deaf and their ties to the Amistad Africans. As a former teacher at the American School for the Deaf, she worked with her students to create the Amistad history portion of the website Deaf Is… She most recently presented at Deaf History International in July 2012.

Silva’s talk will be presented in Memorial Hall, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford as part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday BrownBag Lunchtime speaker series. This series features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public and attendees should feel free to bring their lunch.

About the State Library: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library. Visit the State Library at http://www.cslib.org |

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