20th Anniversary Celebration of the Connecticut Freedom Trail Bicycle Ride and Quilt Project features two events for Connecticut Freedom Trail Month

September 22, 2018 from 8:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M., the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development, along with the Connecticut State Library, Museum of Connecticut History, Friends of Prudence Crandall Museum, and the Center for Latino Progress/BiCi Co are commemorating the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Connecticut Freedom Trail Bike Ride at the Connecticut State Library. The celebration will include a bicycle tour of several Hartford Freedom Trail sites. Bicyclists will meet at the Connecticut State Library located at 231 Capitol Ave., at the Oak Street entrance.  Bicyclists should arrive as early as 8:00 A.M. to have your bike checked and no later than 8:30 A.M. to sign in.  The ride will leave at 9:00 A.M. and return to the Connecticut State Library by 11:45 A.M.

The bicycle ride will be followed by a performance at the Museum of Connecticut History that will include several panelists who will portray luminaries of the Freedom Trail. Actors Marvin Jefferson (Paul Robeson), Norman Marshall (John Brown), Dana Fripp (Marian Anderson), Donna Dufresne (Prudence Crandall), and Kit Webb (Mark Twain) will answer questions and perform in their respective characters. The performance will begin at 12:30 PM, in Memorial Hall, at the Connecticut State Library.

The performance is sponsored by the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, with additional support from the following co-sponsors:  Connecticut State Library and Museum of Connecticut History, and Friends of Prudence Crandall Museum.  The bicycle tour is sponsored by the Center for Latino Progress/BiCi Co.  Free parking for this event is available at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) Parking Garage.

The Freedom Trail Quilt project will also be on display in the Museum of Connecticut History. The quilt represents an acknowledgement by public and private groups of the great significance of the Freedom Trail story within the history of Connecticut and the nation.