In cities across the country, many churches sit dormant, falling into disrepair and losing their status as a central gathering place for the community. So one couple decided to do something about that.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Historical Society has purchased a collection of letters written in the 1830s and 1840s by a woman describing the lives of the African captives from the slave ship Amistad.
The society paid $66,000 Tuesday for the letters written by Charlotte Cowles, whose abolitionist family took in one of the former Amistad captives.
Cowles described a captive showing her where she was burned on her shoulder with a red-hot pipe in Africa and her interactions with the leader of the captives.
An inner city neighborhood once lost to blight and crime has undergone a transformation that officials believe could serve as a model for the entire country. The neighborhood revitalization in Springfield Massachusetts required substantial public financing, without which officials insist it could not have happened. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.