In recognizing the importance of numerous sites in the state that are associated
with the heritage and movement towards freedom of its African American citizens, the
Connecticut General Assembly in 1995 authorized that these locations be developed into a
Included on the trail are buildings reported to have been used on the Underground
Railroad, sites assocaited with the Amistad case of 1839-1842, and gravesites, monuments,
homes, and other structures that represent the concept of freedom so cherished in the
American mind. It is hoped that those who visit some or all of the locations on the
Freedom trail will gain a greater appreciation for the experiences and contributions of
Connecticut's African Americans.
- From "Connecticut Freedom Trail" brochure
September 20, 1998, 68 Freedom Trail Bicycle Couriers converged on the Connecticut
State Capitol. Over 2000 miles of historic trails had been routed, and 68 quilt
blocks were delivered to the Capitol on the 20th. Each block of the quilt represents a
different site which aided in keeping freedom for all in the minds and hearts of the
residents of CT. The quilt is on display at the Connecticitu State Museum located
across from the State Capitol Building on Capitol Avenue in Hartford.
The Connecticut Freedom Trail is designed to help you explore the places
and learn about the people who have moved the struggle for freedom, justice and equality
forward in Connecticut from 1600-1947. The sites on the Freedom Trail are selected by the
Connecticut Historical Commission and the Amistad Committee. The trail to date consists of
69 sites in 30 towns. The Freedom Trail is a living trail with plans to add
new sites each year.
The cues used by the Freedom Trail riders are available in Excel format.
To select a cue, either click on the appropriate route on the map, or select from
the list below.