“Jethro a blackman, Farmer.” Detail, Plan of the Town of New Haven With All of the Buildings in 1748. New Haven, 1806. The New Haven Museum, 2008 112. The map shows the location of the freedman Jethro Luke’s property on what is now the Jean Pope Memorial Park, facing the Yale Law School. While enslaved, Luke had been employed in the construction of Yale College’s Connecticut Hall. Originally produced in manuscript in 1748, the image was engraved in 1806 by Thomas Kensett, husband to Elizabeth Daggett. It offers one example of the complex histories of race and slavery within the the university and New Haven communities. For further information on Jethro Luke, see Michael Morand, “Reckoning with History: the 1748 Map of New Haven,” February 15, 2021; youtube.com/ watch?v=RTN119LY1ZY.

Exhibit Events

Exhibit Tours & Talks

An exhibit tour with Fred Shapiro
Thursday, October 20, 12-1pm

Alumni Weekend – Exhibit Tour
Friday, October 21

Mondays at Beinecke – Discussion with Fred Shapiro and Kathryn James
Monday, October 24, 4-5pm

A walking tour of the Grove Street Cemetery, and the Founders’ graves, with Michael Morand (Beinecke Library)
Thursday, October 27, 4-5:15pm

 An exhibit tour with Kathryn James
Thursday, November 3, 12-1 pm

Exhibit discussion panel with Femi Cadmus, Susan Gibbons, and Michael Morand
Tuesday, February 7, 12-1pm


Legal Information & Book History

Kathryn James and Nicholas Mignanelli

Thursdays, 12:10-1:30
September 29
October 13
November 10
December 8