High schoolers in Simsbury honor life of Dr. Martin Luther King with permanent memorial at library


SIMSBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Monday, high schoolers in Simsbury are remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s time spent in Connecticut.

A permanent memorial was unveiled on the grounds of the Simsbury Free Library Monday. Each glass marker explains a piece of his life.

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Dr. King spent the summers of 1944 and 1947 in Simsbury working on a tobacco farm and went to church where segregation wasn’t an issue.

A group of students from Simsbury High School started the project in 2010 and new students continued it. They raised $150,000 and worked with an architect to design the memorial.

A choir of students also sang for the virtual event. A few students and the project ideator took the time to share their thoughts on the project.

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Harper Wilson of SHS Class of 2022 said, “I feel this memorial is going to have a great influence on our community and the people around us.”

Jack Grossman of SHS Class of 2023 said, “Now in 2021, the world is divided and I feel like sharing this memorial with the town of Simsbury can help educate and inspire people.”

Rich Curtiss, chair of the Simsbury Historical Department and the project ideator added, “I think he stands for a symbol of equality a symbol of what’s right about America, a symbol about fighting for what you believe in.”

Due to CDC guidelines around the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no public gathering at the memorial site. But you can drive by to see it for yourself.

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