Venture Smith Day - East Haddam

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  • Venture Smith Day

    Date: September 9, 2017
    Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Location:  First Church Cemetery



    The 21th annual Venture Smith Day Festivities will be held on Saturday, September 9th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the cemetery at the First Church of Christ, 499 Town Street (RT. 151), East Haddam, Connecticut where he is buried (1729-1805). Son of an African king, Venture Smith became the first black man to document his capture from Africa and life as an American slave and successful black freeman in Connecticut.  Well known and respected, Venture Smith spent the majority of his freedom years in East Haddam and Haddam Neck, Connecticut.  His grave is one of the original sites on the Connecticut Freedom Trail. 

    21st Annual Venture Smith Day Press Release