Schedule of Sessions

3 Consecutive Sessions led by the Witness Stones Project

Session 1: History of Slavery and West Indies Trade in Connecticut

Wednesday, March 1 (6-8:PM)
  • History of Colonial Connecticut inclusive of the centrality of trade with the West Indies and enslavers there.
  • The history of slavery in Colonial Connecticut and early American Connecticut.
  • Introduction to the Witness Stones Project
For Youth, Leaders, and Adults

Session 2: Discovering Slavery Through Primary Documents

Wednesday, March 8 (6-8:PM)
  • The Five Themes of Slavery and how they are used to understand slavery in Connecticut.
  • Extracting evidence of the Five Themes using Primary Documents through group Jigsaw Activty
  • Sharing the evidence of slavery to the session attendees thematically.
For Youth and Leaders

Session 3: Creating a Biographical Sketch of a Locally Enslaved Person

Wednesday, March 15 (6-8:PM)
  • Review the Five Themes and their use for extraction of evidence to tell the story of an enslaved individual.
  • Group document analysis focusing on evidence provided by WSP.
  • Discussion of facts, chronologies, and narrative arch.
  • Prepare leaders and students to begin process of collecting and analyzing information and writing a biographical sketch.
For Youth and Leaders

Youth & Leader Sessions

3 Sessions led by Trained Youth Leaders at WEPCO

session 1: How do we want to tell the story of John C. Wally?
Sunday, March 19 (11:30AM-1:00PM)
Session 2: Constructing the Narrative
Sunday April 16 (11:30AM-1:00PM
Session 3: Completing the Narrative
Sunday, April 23 (11:30AM-1:00PM)

Sessions continued with Leaders at Westport Unitarian Church

Sessions to continue during the sunday education hour