Finally, after 215 years, a slave named Fortune was laid to rest in Waterbury Thursday. What was billed as a “Coming Home Service for Mr. Fortune” drew hundreds of mourners for a funeral ceremony at St. John’s Episcopal Church conducted by Rev. Amy D. Welin. A burial service followed at Riverside Cemetery under a steady rain and rumbling thunder. Fortune died in a drowning accident in 1798, and his bones had been used for years for anatomical studies, first by his owner, Dr. Preserved Porter in the late 18th century. In 1933, Fortune’s bones were donated by a descendent of Dr. Porter to the Mattatuck Museum where his skeleton, called “Larry,” was on exhibit for nearly 30 years. In the 1970s the skeleton was removed from display and in the 1990s, the museum’s African American History Project Committee worked with anthropologists from the New York Burial Ground Project to discover Fortune’s story. Now the museum has unveiled a permanent exhibit of Fortune’s story and the history of slavery in Waterbury. And Fortune has at last come home to rest. To learn more, click here for a story by Susan Dunne and Daniela Altimari.
- Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier (24) is stretches to the limit for a pass as UCF Knights forward Nyala Shuler (12) puts an arm into her back during the second half at the XL Center in Hartford Wednesday night in Hartford. Collier scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a 101-51 victory. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | email@example.com
- Enfield K-9 Officer Brian Croteau will soon retire his yellow lab Promise (at left) and start training with his new K-9 companion Putnam (at right) in the next few weeks, leaving Promise at home after many years of service. PATRICK RAYCRAFT | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Promise (at left) and Putnam have become best friends and colleagues in their work at the Enfield police department where they work in the same Enfield K-9 Unit with Officer Brian Croteau. Promise, who is ten years old, will soon retire. Putnam, who is almost two years old, wil start training soon with Croteau. At that point, Promise will remain at home and Putnam will go to work as the drug-sniffing dog for the Enfield Police Department. PATRICK RAYCRAFT | email@example.com
- "It's all in the steering," says Nosson Rich who toboggans down the popular sledding hill at Elizabeth Park in Hartford on Monday afternoon with his sons Menachen Rich, 6, and Avraham, 2, (obcured by Menachen. Rich says he shoveled snow for four hours yesterday at their home in Teaneck, New Jersey before driving to Connecticut to visit family. PATRICK RAYCRAFT | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Playing follow the leader, members of the Berkshire League ski teams learn the slalom course set up on the Gunbarrel slope at Ski Sundown Wednesday afternoon. The Birkshire Ski League are private high schools from western Connecticut. MICHAEL McANDREWS | email@example.com