Conversations at Noon
Join Jesse Nasta, Executive Director of the Middlesex County Historical Society in Middletown and Wesleyan University professor of African American Studies, for an exciting look into the hidden history of the Leverett Beman Historic District, or “Beman Triangle”.
Beginning in the 1820s, free people of color in Middletown established one of the first independent Black churches and neighborhoods in Connecticut, among the first in New England. Their AME Zion Church, which will celebrate its bicentennial in 2023, became a center of African American community, abolitionism, and everyday resistance to white supremacy here in Connecticut.
In this talk, Jesse Nasta will detail the history of Middletown’s remarkable African American Beman Triangle community, as well as connect this neighborhood’s story to statewide, regional, and even national Black activist networks for freedom and equality during the four decades before the Civil War.