Asa Seymour Curtis House

2016 Elm Street, Stratford, CT 06615

Benjamin Douglas House

11 South Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457

Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church

160 Cross Street, Middletown, CT 06457

David Ruggles Gravesite

Yantic Cemetery, Lafayette and Williams Streets, Norwich, CT 06360

Elijah Lewis House

1 Mountain Spring Road, Farmington, CT 06032

Francis Gillette House

545 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002

Friendship Valley

60 Pomfret Road, Brooklyn, CT 06234

Greenmanville Historic District

Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Stonington, CT 06355

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT 06105

Hart Porter House and Outbuilding

465 Porter Street, Manchester, CT 06040

Isaiah Tuttle House

4040 Torringford Street, Torrington, CT 06790

James Davis House

111 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437

John Brown Birthplace Site

John Brown Road (Route 4 west of 272, take University Drive one mile), Torrington, CT 06790

John Randall House

41 Norwich-Westerly Road (Route 2), North Stonington, CT 06359

Joshua Hempsted House

11 Hempstead Street, New London, CT 06320

Kimberly Mansion

1625 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033

Lyamn Homestead

Lyman Road, Middlefield, CT 06455

In 1850, William Lyman, his son David, his son-in-law James Dickinson, and three other men, arranged for a scathing rebuke of the Fugitive Slave Law3to be published in the October 19th edition of the Sentinel and Witness newspaper, in which they wrote:

When an enactment, falsely calling itself law, is imposed on us, which disgraces our country, which invades our conscience, which dishonors our religion, which is an outrage upon our sense of justice, we take our stand against the imposition. The Fugitive Slave Law commands all good citizens to be slave catchers: good citizens cannot be slave-catchers, any more than light can be darkness. You tell us, the Union will be endangered if we oppose this law. We reply, that greater things than the Union will be endangered, if we submit to it: Conscience, Humanity, Self-Respect are greater than the Union, and these must be preserved at all hazards. This pretended law commands us to withhold food and raiment and shelter from the most needy – we cannot obey. . . . When our sense of decency is clean gone forever, we will turn slave catchers; till then, never. . . . Be the consequence what it may, come fines, come imprisonment, come what will, this thing you call law, we will not obey.”

 

This defiantly principled statement was a public declaration of the Lyman Family’s disdain for the institution of slavery and their illegal involvement in the Underground Railroad. These men were willing to rick the loss of their property, livelihood, personal freedom and financial security to take a public stand on what they considered sacred religious and moral principles.


Old Windham County Courthouse (Brooklyn Town Hall)

4 Wolf Den Road, Brooklyn, CT 06234

Samuel Deming House

66 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032

Samuel May House

73 Pomfret Road, Brooklyn, CT 06234

Shaker Village

Shaker Road, near Taylor Road, Enfield, CT 06082

Smith-Cowles House

27 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032

Steven Peck House

32 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371

The Ovals

36 Seeley Road, Wilton, CT 06897

Theodore Dwight Weld House

77 Parsonage Road, Hampton, CT 06247

Unitarian Meeting House

7 Hartford Road, Brooklyn, CT 06234

Uriel Tuttle House

3925 Torringford Street, Torrington, CT 06790

Washband (Washburn) Tavern

90 Oxford Road, Oxford, CT 06478

William Winters Neighborhood

Winter Avenue and Mitchell Lane, Deep River, CT 06417

 
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