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200 Years After Death, A Connecticut Slave Is Laid To Rest

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Photo by John Silva WTIC

Photo by John Silva WTIC

More than 200 years after his death, a man who lived as a slave in Connecticut is being given a proper burial.

Mr. Fortune died in 1798.

His remains were preserved and studied, then donated to a Waterbury museum.

Mr. Fortune lay in repose in the state Capitol rotunda today before a full funeral and burial in his native Waterbury.

Steve Mullins, president of the Southern Connecticut Union of Black Espiscopalians, explained the significance of the “Mr.” in Fortune’s name, saying he was probably called much worse during his life.

Mullins said Mr. Fortune is being laid to rest among those who, in life, did not acknowledge him as a man or a human being.

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