Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, Executive Director, New Haven Museum 

203-562-4183, ext. 120,

Julie Winkel, Media Specialist, 203-815-0800,

Juneteenth: Witness Stones Honor Enslaved Individuals at PMH

New Haven, Conn. (June 3, 2023)— New Haven Museum will celebrate Juneteenth at the Pardee-Morris House (PMH) on Sunday, June 18, 2023. NHM education staff will welcome visitors from 12-3:30 p.m. for free tours of the historic house and to discuss the lives of Pink and Stepna, two enslaved individuals now memorialized with Witness Stones at the site.

One of the stones at PMH honors Stepna Primus, a farmer enslaved by Amos Morris, Isaac Forbes and Enos Hemingway. He was emancipated in 1796 and died in 1818. The second stone honors Pink, Stepna’s wife and a mother, who was enslaved by Amos Morris and later became a landowner. Pink was emancipated in 1800 and died circa 1850.

New Haven Museum thanks its community partners: WSHU 91.1 FM, The Howard Gilman Foundation, Avangrid/UI Lighting Up the Arts, CT Humanities, and Alder Salvatore E. DeCola for supporting the 2023 summer season.

About the Pardee-Morris House

Located at 325 Lighthouse Road, in New Haven, the Pardee-Morris House dates from about 1780, and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Built by Amos Morris around 1750, the house was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven in 1779 and rebuilt and expanded by the Morris family. In 1918, William Pardee, adescendant of the Morris   family, willed the property to the New Haven Colony Historical Society, today the New HavenMuseum. For a complete list of summer events at the Pardee-Morris House, visit: For New Haven Museum’s event calendar: Sign up for e-blasts at

About the New Haven Museum

The New Haven Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven since its inception as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862. Located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue, the Museum brings more than 375 years of New Haven history to life through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and outreach. As a designated Blue Star Museum, the New Haven Museum offers the nation’sactive- duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visit, @NewHavenMuseum, or call 203-562-4183.


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