Hangroot: Reclaiming Black Greenwich History

Q&A with anthropologist Teresa Vega

Speaker Teresa Vega is a direct descendant of many of Greenwich’s founding African American families going back centuries. Join us to hear her eye-opening journey of discovery as she shares her genealogical research into the enslaved persons who lived and worked in colonial Greenwich.

Teresa Vega

Through archival photographs and documents, learn about the free Blacks who lived in a black neighborhood in Greenwich called “Hangroot”, our town’s “colored cemetery,” as well as the Greenwich house that was part of the Underground Railroad. Come learn about a long buried but important part of our town’s history!

Hangroot Was Our Hood, 1897/Collection of Dennis Richmond, Jr. and John Sherman Merritt