Greenwich Time Reports: Greenwich’s ‘forgotten’ enslaved population: ‘Witness Stones’ project seeks to tell their stories

Greenwich Time
By Robert Marchant

February, 12 2022

GREENWICH — Few markers of slavery exist in southern Connecticut, reminders of a time when men and women were bought and sold like property or livestock.

Two of them stand at Union Cemetery in Greenwich — the headstones of Hester Mead and her mother Candice Bush, both born into slavery at the Bush homestead in Cos Cob, now the site of the Greenwich Historical Society.

“They’re the only enslaved people in Greenwich, or formerly enslaved people, to have headstones,” notes Heather Lodge, a researcher and educator at the Greenwich Historical Society.

But more stone markers are coming, as a way to commemorate the lives of farm laborers, servants, cooks, craftsmen and nannies who lived in bondage in Greenwich for over 200 years.