'A day to pause': Seaport hosts Juneteenth celebration

Quoron Walker sings

A day of reflection. A day of education. And for educator Karen Francis-Barnes, Juneteenth is a “symbol of an ideal we are still trying to achieve.”

Region commemorates Juneteenth

Joseph McGill Jr., second from right, founder of The Slave Dwelling Project and History and Culture coordinator at the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C., and Tammy Denease, with Hidden Women Stage Company, right, chat with Josh Tom and Cathy Schuch of Niantic on Saturday, June 12, 2021, during the Juneteenth Celebration at the Hempsted Houses in New London. Denease later portrayed Joan Jackson, an enslaved woman in New London, and McGill is dressed as a private of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Juneteenth marks the day when General Gordon Granger and Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 and took control of the state and guaranteed that 250,000 people enslaved were set free, two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln...

Water taxi season starts Saturday in New London and Groton

The Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi M/V New London motors through New London Harbor in 2019. The season for the hop-on, hop-off water taxi begins Saturday, June 12, 2021.   (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Thames River Heritage Park's water taxi season will run until Sept. 12. On Saturday, rides are $5, and free for those who show proof of vaccination.

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Juneteenth activities planned for the weekend at New London's Hempsted Houses

Connecticut Landmarks’ Hempsted Houses is partnering with several local organizations and welcoming visitors this weekend for New London’s 7th annual Juneteenth Celebration.

Lee House event Saturday in Niantic

The East Lyme Historical Society's annual Open House Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Thomas Lee House, 228 West Main St., Niantic.

Reenactors in Norwich recognize role of doughnuts in World War I

Reenactors used a replica field kitchen to make the treats, collecting donations to restore the city's howitzer.

Submarine Force Museum commemorates Battle of Midway, celebrates reopening

The museum commemorated the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, and celebrated reopening after a 14-month closure due to the pandemic.

Norwich program Saturday honors WWI Doughnut Girls

World War I reenactment program Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will include doughnuts cooked on a period field stove.

Maritime museum adds ship models to collection

Ship models donated to New London maritime museum on Friday

VIDEO: Not horsing around, Westerly carousel prepared to open soon

Volunteers install horses on historic Watch Hill carousel Thursday

With sports jerseys and trading cards, fans relive memories of Connecticut Tigers games

Seating signs and banners, player guides and rulebooks, scarves, hats, pint glasses, baseball bats and bobble heads were among the items for sale Saturday at Dodd Stadium in Norwich.

Whaler's journal transcription complete; author's identity revealed

New London Maritime Society posts 'Voyage of the Whaler Merrimac,' an online exhibit featuring transcription of the 19th century journal it acquired last summer.

Lighthouse Inn owner struggles through delays, plans 2021 restaurant opening

The owner of the Lighthouse Inn, who has faced delays in his ongoing renovations of the historic New London landmark, plans to open a restaurant and bar sometime this year.

Maybe there is crying in baseball

Reflections by a season ticketholder.

Fans recall 25 years of baseball, family outings, special moments at Dodd Stadium

A quarter century of minor league baseball tied to major league teams has ended at Dodd Stadium, as the Norwich Sea Unicorns work on what will be next.

1918 flu didn't leave region quietly

To get an idea what a less-than-ideal return to normal could be like, it's worth a look at what happened as the last pandemic receded.

Massachusetts judge dismisses Norwich woman's lawsuit over photos of enslaved ancestors

Tamara Lanier filed suit in March 2019 seeking return to her family photos of her enslaved ancestors commissioned by a Harvard University scientist in 1850.

New London to honor former slave during Black History Month

Feb. 28, the last day of Black History Month, will be Ichabod Pease Day here, named for a man who was born into slavery and went on to establish the city’s first school for Black children in 1837.

Inaugural Black History Month walk held in New London

People participated in the first Black History Month Walk, which honored the New London Public Schools' first Black teacher, on Saturday.

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