Wethersfield Historical Society is delighted to welcome Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes, Senior Curator of Social Maritime Histories at Mystic Seaport Museum to the River, Land, and Sea: Wethersfield’s Maritime History series. Dr. de Barros Gomes’ talk will concentrate on the unique experiences of the large number of Black men – both enslaved and free – who were employed at sea throughout the eighteenth century in Connecticut. She describes the climate in the following words. “Maritime work provided a space of integration, an arena of relative freedom, and was largely merit based. By exploring the historical contexts that Black seafarers navigated and individual stories of Black mariners from Connecticut, we can explore Black maritime culture and communities. We can also begin to understand how these men, their families, their communities and their legacies became, as James Rose asserts ‘an integral part of the historical tapestry of the state of Connecticut.’”
Admission is $10 for the general public and free to current members of Wethersfield Historical Society. The talk will take place in the Ballroom at the Keeney, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, masking will be required indoors and social distancing will be observed in seating.
All attendees are cordially invited to join the society for cake after Dr. Gomes’ lecture to help the society celebrate our 90th birthday.