Norwich Freedom Trail Tour

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Norwich Freedom Trail Tour

April 20, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


During the nineteenth century, the city of Norwich was home to a vibrant abolitionist movement. Residents such as David Ruggles played an active role in the Underground Railroad and the Harris sisters attended Prudence Crandall’s controversial “Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color” school in Canterbury. On this tour, you’ll hear incredible stories about colonial era blacksmith, Guy Drock, who earned his freedom and freedom seeker, shoemaker, minister and author, James L. Smith. Please join us as we explore the rich history of the Jail Hill National Register Historic District.

This special tour is apart of Otis Library’s Harris Sisters Month and will be co-led by the Norwich Historical Society and the Norwich Branch NAACP. Please note this walk takes place along the sidewalk in Downtown Norwich. We go up Church Street from City Hall which has a steep hill. Most of the walk is relatively flat on the sidewalk; we cross Water Street to get to the Market Street Garage.

Begin: City Hall, David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard, 100 Broadway, Norwich, CT
Parking – City Hall Garage
1.5 hours. 1.5 miles.
Sponsored by: Otis Library, Norwich NAACP Branch & the Norwich Historical Society


April 20, 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm




City Hall
100 Broadway
Norwich, CT 06360 United States
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