Notable Connecticans: Venture Smith’s Remarkable Life
March 11, 2017
March 16, 2017

Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa

See also: “Venture Smith, from Slavery to Freedom” by John Wood Sweet, African American Connecticut Explored (Wesleyan University Press, 2014)


Portions of this C-Span video of an hour-long conference about the discovery of Venture’s first piece of property in the Barn Island Wildlife Management Area might be of interest.

There is a wonderful booklet available in PDF form about an archaeological dig at Venture Smith’s homesite produced by the State Historic Preservation Office and the state archaeology center.

Our Inquiry Kit may be found here:

There is a Teach It toolkit for 8th graders that might be adaptable to a study of Venture.



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