September, 2018

William Grimes Freedom Trail Induction Ceremony
September 15, 2018

Windsor Freedom Trail Run
September 15, 2018

New London’s Unpopular Abolitionists at the Hempsted Houses
September 16, 2018

Hartford Freedom Trail Slow Roll with BiCi Co. and Friends
September 22, 2018

Windsor Freedom Trail Walking Tour
September 22, 2018

Farmington's Freedom Trail Tours
September 29, 2018

Ye Antientist Burial Ground Walking Tour: The African American Connection
September 29, 2018

On Saturday, September 29th, travel to New London as Connecticut Landmarks’ Hempsted Houses join expert guides Jean Jordan, President of New London’s NAACP Chapter, Municipal Historian Sally Ryan, and the souls of New Londoners for a walking tour of Ye Antientist Burial Ground. This highlights tour focuses on the lives of people of African descent, who are buried there.

The site, located at the corner of Hempstead and Granite streets, was set aside as a burial ground in 1645. Among the interesting headstones we will see is one listed on Connecticut’s Freedom Trail, which belongs to Flora Hercules. She was the wife of Hercules, “Governor of the Negroes.” Flora died April 1749 at the age of 60. We will also see headstones carved by diarist Joshua Hempsted, who worked as a justice of the peace, farmer, shipwright, coffin builder, and gravestone carver.

Contact Name: Aileen Novick
Contact Phone: (860) 443-7949
Contact E-Mail:

Ticket Information:Meet at the burial ground at the top of Hempstead Street at 2 pm. Cost is $10 per person, $5 students; and $20 for families. It includes admission to the nearby Hempsted Houses afterward. The tour is FREE for Connecticut Landmarks’ Members. Reservations are appreciated, contact or call (860) 443-7949 to register

Location Name: Hempsted Houses
Location Address: 11 Hempsted Street, New London, CT
Location Phone: (860) 443-7949


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