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This Weekend, Take a Stroll Around New Haven Green

New Haven Green is more than just a beautiful greenspace. It memorializes a moment in American history that’s both grim and marked with hope. From 1839 to 1840, it served as the outdoor exercise space for Mende Africans who were incarcerated at the nearby jail. They’d overthrown the crew on La Amistad, a slave ship that was set to take them to their place of enslavement. After several years in prison, the U.S. Supreme Court declared them free—it was largely considered one of the first major steps toward the abolition of slavery.

Remember New Haven Green’s important history when you go for a stroll in the outdoor space. It’s been around since 1638, making it one of the oldest public greens in all of New England. Yet it’s still a popular space to get some fresh air as you go for a walk or lie in the grass with a good book.