On May 21, the Titus Kent Witness Stone Installation Ceremony was held, hosted by Suffield Academy’s S. Kent Legare Library, The Sibbil Dwight Kent Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, & The Suffield Historical Society. A witness stone is placed near where an enslaved person lived or worked and shares information about them. According to an article written for the Suffield Observer by English Department Chair Bill Sullivan, “Titus Kent was a Black Patriot who served every year in the American Revolution. His name is commemorated on our Town’s Veterans Memorial with many other Patriots from Suffield who fought in the Revolutionary War.” Mr. Sullivan’s American Studies class helped facilitate the program.
The mission of the Witness Stones Project is to restore the history and honor the humanity of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities through research, education, and civic engagement. You can follow Suffield’s Witness Stone Instagram account for more information about history and events.