Son of an African king, Venture Smith became the first black man to document his capture from Africa and life as an American slave and successful black freeman in Connecticut. And he has a local connection.
Venture Smith’s grave is one of the original sites on the Connecticut Freedom Trail. Events at the various Freedom Trail sites are held throughout Connecticut in the month of September. To read more about the trail, visit the Web site at http://ctfreedomtrail.org
The 17th annual Venture Smith Day commemoration will be held in the cemetery at the First Church of Christ, 499 Town St. (RT. 151) in East Haddam on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of the Connecticut Freedom Trail events.
The cemetery located next to the First Church of Christ in East Haddam contains the graves of Venture Smith (1728-1805) and several members of his family.