East Haddam — Saturday, September 13, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron attended Venture Smith Day, held to honor the life of the West African boy who at the age of 10 was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The event was open to the public and was held at the First Church Cemetery in East Haddam.
Years later, Smith was able to buy his and his family’s freedom. Eventually they all moved to Haddam Neck where he spent his life as an entrepreneur. During his lifetime he owned 130 acres of land, and three homes making a living fishing, whaling, farming, and trading goods on the Salmon River. … Continue Reading