Among those who built the textile mill towns of Connecticut were people of color. Until the very end of the industrial era, people of color were rarely hired to work in the textile mills. Nevertheless, they contributed to the creation of the mill communities. Here are some of their stories.

Lyman Jackson, African American Cabinet Maker, and Clarissa Jackson, African American Wife and Barber

Caesar Hall,African American Civil War Soldier

John Q. A. Hall, Joseph A. Davis, Marvin Smith, and James Buck, African American Civil War Soldiers

The Lonely-Hearted Man: Joe Ginne, African American First Settler and Enslaved Man