Exhibit unveils hidden history of Westport

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An exhibit at the Westport Historical Society has unveiled a hidden history of Westport.

More than 200 bricks were laid down and inscribed with the names of enslaved persons from Westport. The Westport Historical Society aims to never have their names forgotten.

Thirteen months ago, an awarding-winning exhibit called "Remembered: History of African Americans in Westport" was unveiled. The Brick Walk was the last piece.

"It is a great glimpse into a hidden history that no one ever really looked at, and we did," said Deej Webb, Westport Historical Society board member.

They found that Connecticut had more slaves than any other northern state.

Ramin Ganeshram, executive director of Westport Historical Society, tries to find descendants of Westport slaves.

"It's rare that you find direct line descendants of enslaved people because the records of enslaved people weren't the same as European people," Ganeshram said.

Sunday was the last day to see the exhibit. It will be moved online starting Monday.

 

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