Director’s College: The Amistad Uprising and Farmington, 1841

From March through November 1841, Farmington, Connecticut was home to the African Mendi captives who had rebelled and overtaken the slave-ship, La Amistad. Historical interpreter Kim A. Silva will shine a light on Farmington’s surprising role in the aftermath of the uprising through theater, imagery, and American Sign Language.

Farmington 1841 – When the righteous abolitionist leaders plan to supervise Cinque and his Mende warriors, trouble ensues! Abolitionists apologize for their behavior yet again. John Pitkin Norton shivers under the suspicious gaze of the Cinque, known as The Black Prince. Twenty-one-year-old Charlotte Cowles is caring for the Amistad girl, Kagne, but she also has a crush on her favorite handsome eighteen-year-old Amistad hunk. When two of their men are missing after a day of repeated assaults, the Mende march to the rescue of their own and save the lives of their abolitionist friends. Alanson Freeman, a runaway slave, and his wife, Fanny run the boarding house on Main Street. As they provide meals and support to the Amistad Africans, the couple explains the confusing and contradictory manners and laws of Cinque’s ‘Merica.

WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 7:00 PM
WHERE: Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive
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The Director’s College is an ongoing series at the Farmington Libraries, the aim of which is to present interesting and intellectual programs for our community. These events strive to cover a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, professorial lectures, performing arts events, travelogues, and topics of local interest.

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