In 1831, Connecticut had the opportunity to become the first state to offer undergraduate education to disenfranchised Black people, but the proposal was violently rejected. Educating Black people had been a sore point in America since the colonial era, dating back to South Carolina’s Stono Rebellion of September 1739 when a literate enslaved person named Jemmy coordinated a rebellion that resulted in the deaths of 25 White South Carolina residents and between 35 and 50 enslaved Blacks. Today, there are no Historic Black Colleges or Universities in Connecticut.
How do you think the lack of educational opportunities for Black and Brown people in Connecticut affected their lives? Answer here.