Farmington, Connecticut


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The Horace Cowles house in Farmington, CT

Farmington has been called the "Grand Central Station" of the Underground Railroad in Connecticut.  The village was totally abolitionized and the majority united together as members of its First Congregational Church.  In 1840, the village took in the Mendi refugees who had overcome their captors aboard the slave ship, Amistad, while they awaited the raising of funds to procure passage aboard a ship back to Africa.  A dormitory was built for them, and a congenial relationship developed between the villagers and the refugees, who lived there about a year.  This relationship led to a connection of the village with the Mendi's nation of Sierre Leone that continues to the present day.  It also fortified the resolve of the village to aid fugitive slaves thereafter.





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