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Students sit in lecture hall to hear historian Chandler B. Saint speak about his findings about the slave Venture Smith.

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Students sit in lecture hall to hear historian Chandler B. Saint speak about his findings about the slave Venture Smith.

Cheyenne Fuoco, Staff Writer

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In celebrating the school’s diversity in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day, Mattabesett FFA hosted noted historian and author Chandler B. Saint, chair of the Documenting Venture Smith Project. Saint will present the latest findings regarding the slave, Venture Smith’s compelling life story and historical narrative, first published in 1798. In this document, Smith recounted his royal African birth, capture, enslavement, the journey in the infamous Middle Passage, and the path to finally earning freedom for himself and his family. The Mattabesett FFA members were invited to tour the Smith homestead (now an archaeological site in Haddam Neck) following the 200th anniversary of the narrative’s publication. They are thrilled to reconnect a new generation of FFA members to his compelling and inspiring story.

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