The Story of Henry ‘Opukaha‘ia and Alfred Afraid @ Torrington Historical Society

A program of great local historic interest is being hosted by the Torrington Historical Society. This program is slated for Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 pm and is titled The Long Journeys Home. The presenter, Nicholas Bellantoni, Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist will be the guest speaker at this lecture that is $5 per person. Dr. Bellantoni will share the story of two indigenous men who came to Connecticut – Henry ‘Opukaha‘ia (ca. 1792-1818) and Albert Afraid of Hawk (ca. 1879-1900).

Both men died young and were buried in Connecticut cemeteries but in 1992 and 2008, descendants of these men began the process to bring their ancestors home. Dr. Bellantoni oversaw the archaeological disinterment, forensic identification and return of the skeletal remains back to their Native families and communities. This fascinating story is recounted in his book, The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry ‘Opukaha‘ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk. The book will be available for purchase at the program.

All programs will be held at the Torrington Historical Society Carriage House located on 192 Main Street in Torrington.

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