We are a collaboration of churches from across three towns in southwestern Connecticut seeking to explore the history of slavery in colonial Connecticut and honor the humanity of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities. Working with The Witness Stones Project, Inc., youth will gather with community leaders to learn and then compose narratives through story, music, drama, poetry, and/or video to tell the story an enslaved person through primary documents from the Wilton Historical Society’s research. Finally, a “witness stone” will be laid in the person’s honor in a public ceremony.

Our Trained Youth Leaders

  • Sharon Pearson, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Wilton
  • Becky Hudspeth, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Wilton
  • Nate Pawelek, Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport

Some of our inspiration . . .

It takes a village to raise a child.

African proverb

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

Frederick Douglass

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

Together, let’s memorialize the enslaved who helped build our communities centuries ago.