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Friday, September 20, 2013

Almost 200 Years Later, Slave Gets Proper Burial

About 60 people gathered at the Connecticut State Capitol to pay respects to an 18th-century Connecticut slave known as Mr. Fortune. (Chion Wolf/WNPR)

About 60 people gathered at the Connecticut State Capitol to pay respects to an 18th-century Connecticut slave known as Mr. Fortune. (Chion Wolf/WNPR)

Slavery is an accepted part of the history of the American South. But it was also practiced throughout the North.

Around the time of the American Revolution, Connecticut had more than 6,000 slaves, the most in New England.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Diane Orson of WNPR brings us the story of an 18th century Connecticut slave whose remains were recently laid to rest, more than 200 years after his death.

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  • Diane Orson, reporter and producer for WNPR, part of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. She tweets @dorson1.

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