Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, Executive Director, New Haven Museum

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Julie Winkel, Media Specialist,                                                                                                             


CTH Quick Grant to New Haven Museum

Enables Premiere of Documentary for Juneteenth

New Haven, Conn. (June 6, 2024) – The New Haven Museum (NHM) will receive a $4,999 Connecticut Humanities (CTH) Quick Grant to fund their upcoming Juneteenth program at Connecticut’s Old State House, “Champion for Freedom: The Reverend Alexander Heritage Newton Story,” with preservationist and activist Dolly Marshall, on June 15, 2024, at 1 pm. The NHM grant is one of eight awarded to nonprofits across the state by the CTH board of directors from the CT Humanities Fund, supporting a wide variety of humanities programming. 

NHM partnered with Connecticut’s Old State House and Connecticut Freedom Trail to premiere the documentary at Connecticut’s Old State House, 800 Main St., Hartford. “Champion for Freedom” is a short documentary inspired by Newton’s autobiography and how his early life in the South influenced his activism during the struggle for freedom and equality. Born of a free mother and enslaved father, Newton became deeply involved in the abolitionist movement as a young man and championed anti-slavery causes. The film features Newton’s enlistment in the 29th Connecticut Colored Infantry Regiment, in New Haven, to which the Newton family had migrated. Register here.

Thanks to the CTH Quick Grant, the free NH250 event will include introductory remarks by John Mills, an independent scholar and president of the Alex Breanne Corporation. The Q&A will be led by Andre Keitt, Black narratives consultantfor the Connecticut Freedom Trail. Refreshments will be provided by Hartford’s Fire by Forge.

About Connecticut Humanities

Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting

About NH250

This event is part of NH250, an ongoing series of programming developed by New Haven Museum to complement “America 250.” Culminating with the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the series will highlight inclusive, local, and lesser-known stories, connecting past and present. 

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 Blue Star Museum, the New Haven Museum offers the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, free admission all year. For more information visit  or @NewHavenMuseum or call 203-562-4183.


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