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    Tuesday, November 28, 2023

    Old Lyme marks 'Witness Stones' memorializing enslaved people

    Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Students sing during Witness Stones Old Lyme's installation ceremony Friday, June 3, 2022, at Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)

    Old Lyme — The town held an installation ceremony Friday for the Witness Stones Old Lymes plaques that have been installed throughout Lyme Street, memorials to enslaved residents who one lived here.

    During the event at Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, community members, Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School students and organizers gathered for music, poetry and remarks in remembrance of those residents. 

    Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, recites a poem as Witness Stones Old Lyme holds an installation ceremony Friday, June 3, 2022, at Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    A white rose lays on the plaque of an enslaved resident as part of Witness Stones Old Lyme's installation ceremony Friday, June 3, 2022, at Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    Claudia Weicker applauds after a performance during Witness Stones Old Lyme's installation ceremony Friday, June 3, 2022, at Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School seventh graders recite poetry as Witness Stones Old Lyme holds an installation ceremony Friday, June 3, 2022, at Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    Lisa Williamson sings "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" as Witness Stones Old Lyme holds an installation ceremony Friday, June 3, 2022, at Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    Liz Lightfoot, with Witness Stones Old Lyme, smiles after a performance during an installation ceremony Friday, June 3, 2022, at Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    Richard Wyman plays "Wade in the Water," a Black spiritual, as Witness Stones Old Lyme holds an installation ceremony Friday, June 3, 2022, at Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    Witness Stones Old Lyme holds an installation ceremony Friday, June 3, 2022, at Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)

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