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    Monday, May 27, 2024

    Witness Stones installation ceremony in Old Lyme

    People listen to speakers Friday, June 2, 2023, during the Witness Stones installation ceremony at Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    The Witness Stones installation ceremony Friday, June 2, 2023, at Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    John Mills speaks about the Resilience of the Enslaved Friday, June 2, 2023, during the Witness Stones installation ceremony at Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. Mills is the descendant of both slaves and slaveholders. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Select Singers follow their choir director Kristine Pekar, right, while singing “When I Rise Up” Friday, June 2, 2023, during the Witness Stones installation ceremony at Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Four of the eight new Witness Stones Friday, June 2, 2023, located in the triangle at Old Shore Road and Buttonball Road in the Blackhall area of Old Lyme. Earlier, there was a Witness Stones installation ceremony for the new stones at Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Old Lyme ― Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme hosted a Witness Stones installation ceremony Friday on its front lawn.

    The historical plaques marking sites where enslaved residents lived have been installed to inspire schools and the local community to honor the enslaved individuals.

    Speakers included historians, Connecticut’s Poet Laureate Antoinette Brim-Bell. Lyme-Old Lyme High School Select Singers, and 8th grade Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School poets.

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